Catherine Zeta-Jones checks into center to treat bipolar II

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, who has been very open about her mental health struggles, has checked back into treatment for her bipolar II disorder.

She checked into a live-in facility last Monday and will stay for 30 days, according to reports on TMZ.

Proactively managing her health

“Catherine has proactively checked into a healthcare facility,” the actress’s rep told the Ministry in a written statement. “Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manager her health in an optimum manner.”

Vigilant about controlling her illness

There was no single incident or concern which prompted her to check in to the clinic. Rather than wait for an episode, Zeta-Jones took advantage of a break in her acting schedule to tweak her current care, which includes prescription medications.

“This has always been a part of her plan,” a friend told the LA Times. “She would manage her health. She is vigilant about it.”

The Oscar-winning actress, who is famously married to Michael Douglas, has previously sought treatment at a center in Connecticut in 2011. At that time, she was coming out of a particularly stressful year as her husband coped with throat cancer.

Zeta-Jones hopes she encourages others to seek treatment

At that time, and in subsequent interviews, she has spoken very frankly about her condition. She told People magazine: “This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them. If my revelation ... has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it.”

Bipolar II is characterized by mood swings

Bipolar II disorder is similar to bipolar I with moods cycling between high and low over time. In bipolar II, though, the up swings never get to a manic high. The less intense elevated moods of bipolar II are often referred to as hypomanic episodes or hypomania. Most people with bipolar II also suffer from lows or episodes of depression.

Between the highs and lows, people who are diagnosed with this mental disorder lead perfectly normal lives. Prescription drug therapy can be quite successful in controlling the symptoms of bipolar disorders.

Source: LA Times, WebMD

 
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