Catherine Zeta Jones has been officially diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder following her husband Michael Douglas’ battle with throat cancer.
The actress checked herself into the pshychiatric clinic, Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut last week, where she received five whole days of treatment for Bipolar, her spokeswoman has confirmed.
Her condition, which has been confirmed as Bipolar II Disorder, also know as Manic Depression, is where sufferers experience extreme irritable or elevated moods, alternating with periods of depression. Bipolar II is known to cause longer mood swing periods and more severe depression, and can be triggered by major life changes.
A representative for Welsh-born Catherine, 41, states that the illness has been triggered by the stress and worry of her husband Michael’s illness, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in August of last year.
Michael underwent six months of grueling intense chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat a tumour in his throat before going into remission earlier this year.
A spokeswoman for Catherine said: “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.”
“She’s feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films.”
The actress is set to star in upcoming movies Playing the Field and Lay the Favorite, both of which are scheduled for release next year.