Catherine Zeta-Jones is seeking additional treatment for her Bipolar II disorder. “Catherine has proactively checked into a healthcare facility,” her rep told People. “Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner.”
It is thought the Oscar-winning wife of Michael Douglas checked into a treatment centre on Monday, and is expected to complete a 30-day programme.
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A friend of the star, 43, has said that Catherine had always planned to return to treatment so doctors can continue to monitor her medication.
“There was no big problem,” a source told People. “This was just a good time to do it. She is between projects. This has always been part of the plan. She would manage her health. She is vigilant about it.”
In 2011, the mum-of-two completed a stint at a Connecticut mental-health facility after she was diagnosed with the disorder, which causes cycles of high and low moods often with periods of depression.
“This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them,” she said at the time. “If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently, and there is no shame in seeking help.”
Catherine had dealt with a great deal of stress in the 12 months prior to her diagnosis. Her husband had battled stage four throat cancer in 2010, enduring both chemotherapy and radiation. Happily, in January 2011, Michael announced that doctors had declared him free of cancer after six grueling months of treatment.
Catherine and Michael, 68, are parents to son Dylan, 12, and daughter Carys, who celebrated her tenth birthday this month.