It is never easy for an average person to cope with a chronic disorder. For someone who is famous and active, it is extremely difficult. Such is the life of famous actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who came out in 2011 as suffering from bipolar II disorder. Now two years since her declaration, she has checked herself into a health care facility for treatment.
When she announced her diagnosis in 2011 and she was hesitant to do so, any publicity about her having to go back in for treatment would make her feel uneasy. However, her view changed after she finally came out publicly and is hopeful that letting the public know might benefit someone.
ABC News reported a rep for the actress spoke with them and said, “Catherine has proactively checked into a health care facility. Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner.”
An anonymous source said that she is between projects, so that this was a good time for her to check into a facility for monitoring her mental health.
The 43 year-old-actress was reported by TMZ to have entered a treatment center on Monday so she could begin a 30-day program. Originally, her disease was made known to the public in April of 2011 by her husband, famous actor Michael Douglass, when he spoke with Oprah Winfrey. Later that month, the actress decided to reveal her disease to the public herself; though it was a statement that was issued through her publicist. The statement said that she decided to seek treatment for the disease, which is a manic-depressive illness that is mostly known for unusual shifts in energy and mood for those that experience it.
During an appearance last December on “Good Morning America,” she talked about how she was hesitant about revealing her diagnosis to the public. Zeta-Jones said, “You know what, I’m sick of talking about it because I never wanted to be the poster child for this. I never wanted this to come out publicly.”
According to reports at the time, when the actress received her first treatment, she had only spent five days in a mental health facility before going on medication. The star had said at that time that “if my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it’s worth it.”
Despite her diagnosis, she has been extremely busy as of late appearing in films such as “Side Effects,” “Rock of Ages”, “Broken City” and “Playing for Keeps.”
Back when Zeta-Jones appeared on “Good Morning America,” she said that “Everyone has things going on and we deal with them the best we can. We can’t jump from the rooftops shouting, you know, about, ‘I have this, look at me, victim.’ No. We all have issues in life and I’m really happy that I have great friends, great support and that’s all I can do.”
Catherine Zeta-Jones Returns to Bipolar Treatment
Catherine Zeta-Jones has returned to treatment for her Bipolar Disorder. Her rep tells People magazine, “Catherine has proactively checked into a health care facility. Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic are in order to manage her health in an optimum manner.” The actress checked in on Monday and is reportedly completing a 30 day stay that’s more on a maintenance level. This isn’t the first time the 43-year old has spent time in treatment. She completed a program in a Connecticut mental health facility back in 2011.
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