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Bipolar – Catherine Zeta – Jones?

In Breaking News, Celebrity News on April 14, 2011 at 12:49 am

EOTM’s Health Blog — NOT!


By: Tanya Blake

Catherine Zeta-Jones reportedly decided to check in to the facility “after dealing with the stress of the past year,” her representative said in a statement reported by People. The rep may have been referring to the stage 4 cancer diagnosis Zeta-Jones’ husband, actor Michael Douglas, got last year.

A cheerful and happy actor Michael Douglas joined his actress wife Catherine Zeta-Jones at the Michael Kors Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held at The Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York on February 16, 2011.

Bipolar II disorder is a form of bipolar disorder marked by irritation and a mildly elevated mood – a state known as hypomania. It’s generally less debilitating than bipolar I, a condition marked by mood swings and a severe mood elevation known as mania, according to the Mayo Clinic website.

Bipolar I can cause severe impairment – and can lead to suicide. People with bipolar II can generally continue to function, Dr. Thomas Wise, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School, told CBS News. “It can cause excessive energy and lots of optimism and being really flighty in terms of ideas,” he said. “The symptoms can be a little annoying to others, but people can still work.”

Wise said stress can sometimes trigger symptoms of bipolar disorder, but typically in people who have a hereditary predisposition to the disorder.

With appropriate treatment – often drug therapy with lithium or another mood stabilizer and psychotherapy – people with bipolar II generally have an excellent prognosis, said Dr. Wise, who is not involved in Zeta-Jones’ care.

As for Zeta-Jones, her rep told the magazine, “She’s feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films.”

Catherine Zeta Jones


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