Catherine Zeta Jones undergoes treatment for Bipolar II Disorder

Catherine Zeta Jones has made it public that she’s suffering with Bipolar II Disorder caused by the stress of husband Michael Douglas’s throat cancer and subsequent treatment.

Cece Yorke, Jones’s publicist yesterday confirmed the news that her client checked into a mental health facility for inpatient treatment for bipolar II disorder, which is a strain of manic depression. Yorke went on to say that Jones is now “feeling great” and is aiming to get back to work on two upcoming films in the next week.

Bipolar II Disorder is harder to detect than other bipolar disorders

“After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her bipolar II disorder.”

41 Year-old Jones reporetedly checked herself into the Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut for a five day treatment course which ended on Monday when the actress returned home.

Bipolar Disorder is not uncommon but most people are unaware that it has been broken down into four subtypes. These subtypes are known as Bipolar Spectrum Disorders and are titled as Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Bipolar non-specified and Cyclothymia.

The symptoms of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders are more or less the same and the sufferer’s subtype is determined by the length and intensity of mood swings. The simplest description of Bipolar Disorder is to imagine a pendulum with happiness and vibrancy at one end of the arc, and depression and anxiety at the other end.

[adsense]Catherine Zeta Jones was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder (associated more with women than men) and the main characteristic of that subtype is prolonged periods of depression. She will have had lighter moments during her illness but they are less prevalent in Bipolar II sufferers.

An individual suffering with Bipolar II will often deny feeling low but their actions belie those denials and they will likely seem irritable, impatient and agitated, or at the other end of the spectrum, unusually vibrant and positive.

Bipolar II is often misdiagnosed as depression due to the difficulty in identifying the hypomanic episodes. Without the correct treatment these hypomanic periods can escalate into full blown manic episodes or deep depression.

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Read about Sting; Ben Stiller; Elvis Presley; DMX and Robert Pattinson who all suffered with Bipolar Disorder.

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  1. I admire Catherine for making this public. I am an RN with depression, strong family history of mental illness. I was unaware that there are subtypes of bibolar disorder until I read about her. She has no idea how many people she is helping by making this public. It will bring awareness to the condition, and maybe remove some of the stigma associated with it.

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