Catherine Zeta-Jones enters 30 day treatment for bipolar disorder


Catherine Zeta-Jones has been open and honest with the press about the fact that she has bipolar disorder. She hasn’t gotten into details, but two years ago she admitted that she’s bipolar, that she’s sought treatment for it, and she’s said that she wants to raise awareness of the disease. She’s been very classy about her diagnosis, as we’ve come to expect from her. Unfortunately Catherine recently checked into a facility for treatment for her bipolar disorder, with sources claiming that it’s for “maintenance” reasons:

Catherine Zeta-Jones has checked in to a treatment center to get more help for her Bipolar disorder … TMZ has learned.

We’ve learned … the 43-year-old Academy Award winner checked in to the treatment center Monday … and is expected to complete a 30-day program.

Sources connected to the actress tell us … Jones’ stint in the treatment center is a proactive measure. As one source puts it, “It’s maintenance.”

FYI — Jones completed a stint at a treatment center in 2011 — at the time, her rep said Catherine had “made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II disorder.”

[From TMZ]

It was right around this time in 2011 that Catherine sought treatment. It’s possible that she needed to have her meds adjusted and that she wanted to make sure she did it in a supervised environment. I hope that everything works out well for her. As for why she announced it, it’s probably because Catherine and Michael wanted to get ahead of the tabloids, which haven’t been very kind to them in the past. The Enquirer had a cover story a couple of months ago that they were breaking up, which they denied.

As an aside, last night I watched about half of Rock of Ages before I decided to find something else on demand. (Then I saw about half of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was cute so I’ll probably finish that tonight. I watch too much TV!) Rock of Ages is fun and campy, but it quickly lost its appeal with the exception of some standout characters like Catherine Zeta-Jones. She was excellent as the mayor’s anti-rock & roll wife (see: Tipper Gore) and she really shines while playing those extreme characters. She was also kick-ass in Intolerable Cruelty, with George Clooney, remember that movie? She knows how to entertain us and I’m wishing well for her.

These photos of Catherine and Michael are from just last week, April 22. She looks gorgeous. Also this reminds me that Beyond the Candelabra is coming out on May 26.

Photo credit: WENN.com

 

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  1. Lulu.T.O. says:

    It’s a terrible disorder. I wish her the very best.

  2. Nev says:

    Feel better Catherine! I enjoy her performances and she seems really kool too.

  3. Wachick83 says:

    I’m wishing her the best, too. Mental disease is no picnic, and I wish that everyone were able to be as classy about it as CZJ.

  4. brin says:

    I wish her well, it must be hard enough to go through privately let alone having to tell the world.

  5. Lilo says:

    Seeking help and not being afraif to talk about it, good for her. BP can be a horrible disease, for everyone involved. Her husband having had cancer probably didn’t help much with the stress and the “flares” of the illness. All the best to her.

  6. paranormalgirl says:

    Best of luck to her. Sometimes it’s best to do the treatment center when adjusting meds, which is what it sounds like by “maintenance.” The constant monitoring is really helpful when searching for the proper medication and the proper therapeutic dose.

    • bluhare says:

      Paranormal: Do you really think it’s for bipolar med adjusting or for substance abuse brought on by her disorder?

      Because I’m thinking it’s the latter. I’m bipolar II as well, and I’ve never been in rehab for med adjustments.

      • Msmlnp says:

        Agree. The “30 day” admission is very telling. Not unusual to have bipolar and substance abuse go hand in hand. Regardless, I’m sure she doesn’t have an easy road and I wish her well.

      • j.eyre says:

        I wish her all the best and appreciate her being so vocal and raising awareness. But I was surprised by the 30-day part as well, I have never heard of that. I know people who were hospitalized but it was always for the amount of time necessary, not a pre-set program. I was going to ask about it, I will be interested in @paranormalgirl’s response.

      • RayOfSunshine says:

        As someone who suffers from this disease, I can tell you first hand that substance abuse is all too common for those who suffer from it. With that said, I’ve been a part of inpatient programs that adjust medications to assist with the substance abuse, amd also provide the much needed therapy.

      • Jermsmom says:

        I was thinking the same thing. I am bipolar, too, and had addiction problems. 99.99% of those with bipolar disorder do have addiction problems of one form or another. It’s usually a simple case of self-medication, but unfortunately the wrong kind of medication and it tends to make you much, much worse. We are also at a much higher risk for suicide when our moods swing either really high (risky behavior) or really low (“I don’t deserve to live, just want this to be over” thinking). Whatever the reason for her checking in, good for her. It shows either she or her family is staying on top of it. I wish her all the best. I really like CZJ, I think she is so talented and so classy.

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        I do so appreciate your honesty about this disorder. Stay strong all of you.

      • Becky says:

        My cousin (who was raised as my sister) is bipolar. It was triggered 10 years ago when she was 20. Oddly enough she does not self medicate with any substances other than alcohol (by the time she’s drinking its BAD, like lost on the streets for days bad) yet she has been hospitalized 8 times in the past ten years. Never for less than a month and never for substance abuse. She takes her meds regularly although I don’t think any of the doctors have really found the proper combination… Idk… But if anytime anything good or bad happens that cause stress, it flares up and then it’s just a matter of time before she’s institutionalized.

    • Trashaddict says:

      Would that more people had the resources and the time to go in an adjust their bipolar meds or get needed therapy or rehab. But I’m glad she’s open about having problems….

    • Trashaddict says:

      Would that more people had the money and time to go in for med readjustment or therapy or rehab, whatever. I commend her and it’s great she has access, I just wish others could, too.

  7. Maya says:

    Bipolar is awful, and it’s not easy to get a handle on it. It’s great that she’s been so willing to seek help – wishing her and her family all the best.

    On a shallow note, her hair looks SO PRETTY in these pictures! How do you get hair like that?? Great dress too.

  8. JenD says:

    I think they said on GMA this morning that it was to adjust her meds, and it was a planned treatment, since she had a lull in between projects.

    I really like her, so I’m glad she’s taking care of herself. Too bad she had to release a statement to quash rumors. She should be able to take care of her health issues privately.

  9. eileen says:

    Kudos to you Catherine! If it was due to med assistance than she is very smart!
    I had a friend pass in her sleep at 27 due to mixing the wrong bi-polar meds together. She was a young mother and wife. These meds, as much as they can help really do need to be monitored through extensive blood-work. Her husband got a very big settlement from the pharmaceutical companies. Be careful with the meds!!

  10. Kaboom says:

    She’ll be in Red 2 soon, watch the trailer.

  11. gogoGorilla says:

    She’s beautiful and I hope it turns out well.

    Also, since this IS Celebitchy, I used to think Michael was very hot, but man, he looks positively ancient standing next to her, don’t you think? I wonder if old dudes ever realize that having a very young wife just highlights your own passing years??

  12. teehee says:

    Great, good to be open about it and dispell myths and fears about it. 30 days isnt that long, anyway; there are many things that people cannot handle alone or that even the standard support network can deal with– and sometimes more is needed. I dont htink it weakness but strength to face facts and get more support when necessary.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      That is SO important for people to hear, SO important. I felt like I was the biggest failure in the history of the world and to say I loathed, hated and despised myself when I was forced to accept that I had to just stop everything and go home and take help. And that was even with support from my family and doctor (the rest of the world was a totally different story, don’t get sick if you want the world on side, or better yet, learn to self-validate). I don’t know where I would be now without it, but likely not alive and I definitely would have spent some time on the streets, at least. It’s not a joke. People need support. People need support.

  13. Lemony says:

    Best wishes Catherine; I’m rooting for you, as always!

  14. mama mama says:

    My daughter just got diagnosed with BP II. She is in college, a psychology major and doing quite well. What annoys me is the stigma that is attached to people who have any type of illness (and I personally feel we all have a little bit of something in us), people are amazed she would even think of doing something in this field. I hope for the best for Catherine Zeta-Jones and applaud her for how she handles herself!

  15. Crumpets and Crotchshots says:

    I wish her the best, and applaud her for being so open about this. We need to end the stigma on mental illness.

    Oh and she is the epitome of class and beauty. Anyone know who designed that dress? She sure can rock and lbd!

  16. Jayna says:

    It’s so unusual to hear she was diagnosed back when she was like 40 or so. She must have had mild symptoms for years and then Michael’s cancer and all the stress kicked it into high gear. Best of luck to her.

    She looks gorgeous in that photo.

  17. dorothy says:

    Treatment centers and Rehab’s must be the new Cabo, everyone is going to them.

  18. Tessa says:

    Mental illness can happen to anyone at any time. It’s no one’s fault, and you can’t blame it on or hold it against the people that suffer from it. I wish CZJ the best, and hope others take her example and seek help openly and without shame.

  19. NM9005 says:

    I adore her, hope she gets her bipolar under control.

  20. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    I too commend her for being so open with her illness and being so classy about it. My Mom has BPD, it’s difficult. It’s so nice to see her being open about it and about seeking treatment. There is nothing to be ashamed about especially about seeking treatment.

  21. Ravensdaughter says:

    I have BPD-II. It is a terrible disorder (although BPD-I is that much worse). What makes it harder to deal with is how stingy insurance plans are in covering counseling (vs drug treatment). As for inpatient “maintenance therapy”-no way. You have to be close to psychosis for insurance to pay for a psych admission.
    Inpatient care for just a week or two to have my meds tweaked would be really, really nice. I don’t take lithium, but I do take one drug, Lamictal, that has to be titrated up slowly to avoid a potentially fatal side effect. Lots of stress lately, so I think the Lamictal, which acts as a “mood stabilizer”, should be increased.
    Based on my coverage, that will be happening on an outpatient basis.

    • Redheadwriter says:

      And this is exactly why insurance companies need to recognize that treatment, preventive measures, and maintenance need to be a part of health care coverage!

      So many issues could be reduced, eliminated, or managed if our mental health was treated with the proper priority response.

      I wish you the best on your journey.

      • Ravensdaughter says:

        Thank you all-and thanks for the advice, Manchurian Global. I am on 300mg mg of Lamictal, and my PCP wants to refer me out to a psychiatrist-understandable. Yes, I usually rely on my PCP for my meds because I TRUST him and I know he sincerely cares about my welfare-oh. that makes such a difference.
        Keep up the good work and be well.
        I never underestimate the value of kindness from friends-and strangers-and of humor. A good laugh is so cathartic.
        For all the nasty people who stigmatize us and shut us out, there are many, many more who give us compassion and support. Sometimes it’s just a matter of finding them.
        I also give credit to to my eternally loyal emotional barometer, my Jack Russell, Oliver. He is the one who has been there for me through EVERYTHING. When I cry, wherever he is making mischief in the house, he comes running to sit by me and stare (sympathetically-staring is what they’re really good at..)

    • Manchurian Global says:

      I have Bipolar II as well and I’ve been on 200 mg of Lamictal since 2009. It’s a lifesaver! Take your time upping it. I never had SJ Syndrome (not even a touch) when I was moving from 50-200, but better safe than sorry.

      I, too, wish I could go to some sort of inpatient rehab sometimes, just to “take a break” and reboot my brain. Must be nice to have the cash to do that.

      I’m really sad about how few affordable resources are out there for people with or without insurance.
      I don’t have insurance, and while I found plenty of people who would see me as a counselor (for an affordable rate), anyone who actually subscribed medication was hundreds of dollars to see (and that was just for the consult!).

    • Asiyah says:

      Sending you and Manchurian Global lots of love from NYC! Good luck with your doses and treatments!

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      I take that. It’s quite good.

    • Shelly says:

      I have BPI AND BPII, yay me :p
      I’m also OCD (which frequently goes with it) as they are both in the affective disorder family.
      I’m mixed episode, rapid cycling and have had bouts of the other with euphoria and bipolar depression.

      So my medication can get complicated treating both. I’m on 600mg of lamecital and have been for years. I’ve been lowered a few times but then I have break through stuff.
      I’m also on welbutrin and prozac for my OCD and depression.

      I’m stable, I haven’t had any major manic episodes for like 7 years and I’ll get extra bitchy when I get stressed, but I can tell the difference and get a handle on it right away.

      That is the key right there, knowing yourself and recognizing when your having issues makes it much easier to control.

      I’m 43 and was misdiagnosed till I was 30 when the mania started happening. It is VERY common for women to not get diagnosed or misdiagnosed till their 30′s when their bipolarness either changes or gets worse.
      A friend of mine was always the more classic highs/lows until 2 years ago and now she is also mixed episode as well (she is 33 now).

      So that CZJ has only in the last few years come forward may very well be because she just didn’t know till then.

      Boys tend to have it come on at puberty, where as girls tend to be more 18-20 at the onset.

      when I was a child, looking back I had childhood bipolar and ocd. It got worse when I was around 18. then blew up and became very obvious when I was around 30ish. I was mixed episode all through my 20′s which is harder to figure out.

      What threw me manic the first time was I had postpartum depression bad and was given prozac (that helped soooo much with that) but unfortunately if you are bipolar taking a antidepressant with no mood stabilizer can make you manic.

      Plus I was finishing my masters in psychology ( so many people who go into the helping profession have some form of mental illness)From the people I have known over the years a lot got started in psychology to try to figure out what was wrong with them or their families. *this is to the person upthread who wondered why someone who is bipolar would be into psychology besides the obvious reason that’s it’s interesting and we too have a desire to help people*

      I doubt many people go into treatment places for 30 days, but then most people aren’t rich either.
      If she is making some med changes since she has the means I can see her doing it that way.
      Plus she would be going to support groups and learning coping mechanisms to help maintain her wellness.

      If i didn’t have kids and had the money I’d do it from time to time for a mind rest and maintenance.

  22. SydneySpy says:

    All the best wishes to Catherine. My adult nephew lives with us and he also suffers from BPD. He had a terrible psychotic episode 3 years ago and voluntarily admitted himself to a psychiatric hospital. They completely overhauled his medication; type, strength, dosage etc. Even so, he periodically suffers bouts of depression and some mania. He has somehow modified his behaviour so that when he is in the depths, he mostly stays in his room, very considerately explaining he doesn’t want to dampen our spirits. The only thing that bothers me is seeing him in such despair and not being able to help, other than love and support him. Unfortunately, he regularly stops taking his medication, and I understand many do this. It’s an awful condition which has adversely affected his work. earning capacity, eating habits and personal relationships.

    Just because we can’t see the disability doesn’t mean there isn’t one.

  23. Andrea says:

    So sorry to hear this. She is a great talent and I’m wishing her well. Always been a fan of her talent.

  24. Lenna says:

    CB I watched Best Exotic Marigold Hotel last night on HBO (I’d seen the first 20 mins before and was determined to watch the whole movie) and I loved it so much. It was a beautiful film with some tremendous talent

  25. Emily says:

    One of the hardest things about bipolar is it is classed as a mental illness… people hear those words and think ‘crazy’. There is a stigma… Changing peoples perceptions of illnesses like depression and bipolar will make it easier for others to feel comfortable sharing, getting help, getting better etc. Ive had bouts of depression and I while I was very sick in many ways.. if someone were to say Emily has a mental illness, I would have been very uncomfortable to admit it.

  26. Lemony says:

    I LOVED Intolerable Cruelty, too. I was just thinking the other day that Catherine & George clooney should do another movie together. I really liked them together.

  27. Dawn says:

    I hope she gets what she needs and gets better soon. There is no shame in being ill and that is exactly what bi-polar is.

  28. Dee Cee says:

    Michael’s demanding ego, needy whines and jealousy is driving 25 yrs younger Catherine crazy-crackers . He should have all the success not Catherine. Let’s not forget what he did with 1st wife 14 yrs younger Diandra, Perhaps she sees the warning signs and dreads what he will do next.. no messed up, undignified family for her..

  29. With all these “celebrities” claiming to be bipolar, I applaud her for bringing more awareness to it instead of using it as an excuse for her actions (like Jenelle Evans)

  30. Miffy says:

    Wishing her well and applauding her for being so open and honest about this. As others have said, someone as elegant, beautiful, put together (and courageous) as CZJ discussing her mental health is so encouraging that there may be an end to the stigma surrouding mental illnesses.

  31. lucy2 says:

    Best of luck to her, I give her credit for being honest about it, and proactive in her treatment.
    She is fortunate to have access to the best care, so many struggling with it don’t.

  32. Dibba says:

    Best wishes to her. Is it just me or does she look totally different in these photos?

    • Janet says:

      Yes! I had just written about it further down and must have missed your comment as I was looking to see if anyone else was wondering why they didn’t use a pic of CZJ as long as they are writing about her – this doesn’t even look like it could be her cousin. Whatever she has had done – I’m opposed to the outcome.

  33. booger says:

    Awesome she’s so vigilant about staying healthy and is open about it. Too many people with mental disorders just try and “suck it up” because of the social stigma associated with such diseases.

  34. VanillaDeeLite says:

    Gorgeous and talented woman, I wish her and her family the best.

  35. Ginger says:

    I wish her well. I’m grateful to her for bringing attention to and hopefully greater acceptance of this disorder. As long as you follow doctors orders and your treatment plan you are fine and functional. Bless her.

  36. ladyballz says:

    UMMMM…is no one gonna mention her EYES?! L<ike she has gone over the line with the tweaks and now her eyes look completely different- Yeah she looks younger, but not herself- they took the hood off her lid. Weirdness.

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

      I have always loved her, loved Intolerable Cruelty, Chicago & Zorro too! She and the then sexy Antonio were HOT! But when I saw her recently in Playing for Keeps (terrible film–what is wrong with him?) with a nicely cleaned up Gerry Butler, I almost did not recognize her! She looks so different from ten years ago.

      I do wonder about the stress of marriage to Michael Douglas adversely affecting her.

    • holly hobby says:

      Yes that’s what I noticed too. The eyes are different (pre-work, her eyes were sort of smoldering very Ava Gardner. Now she looks like an Anime cartoon).

      I also think she did something to her nose because it looks bulbous. So sad because she’s gorgeous pre-work

      Get well CZJ!

  37. Asiyah says:

    I don’t know her and I doubt she’ll ever read this but I’m sending her lots of positive vibes anyway.

  38. Chordy says:

    I just watched Rock of Ages too! I would have liked it waaay more if it was called The Bourbon Room and it was all about the battle between CZJ and Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand. I was unable to locate a single f**k to give about those two kids, and I wasn’t into Cruise’s Stacee Jaxx. That might’ve been a direction fail though.

  39. Shiba says:

    I know a loose lipped doc at the facility she went to previously. It wasn’t just bi-polar issues then & probably isn’t only now, either. As someone mentioned earlier, it’s ‘normal’ to attempt to self-medicate mental health issues, plus Michael Douglas is no walk in the park, show business is a difficult profession to grow older in for women, etc.

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      I know we all like hearing an inside scoop…but a Dr. or medical care professional who shares bits about their patients is not OK and anyone who does that should have their credentials terminated. There are HIPAA laws for a reason! Celebrities are human too.

  40. KellyinSeattle says:

    I wish her the best….I wish health care included more mental health services…I am unipolar, and it is very, very difficult, even with support.

  41. jenny piccolo says:

    Must be nice to go to a treatment facility for 30 days for bipolar disorder. I just try like hell to get through the workday without crying & then pray I’ll have enough energy to stand in the kitchen & prepare dinner for my children. I’ll take the celebrity version of Bipolar II over my horrific version any day.

  42. dref22 says:

    Watch her in Side Effects. She was PERFECT.

  43. DesertPoppy says:

    Bipolar is awful so I wish her the best of luck. It does seem weird that she is doing a 30 day treatment for a med adjustment. It did initially make me wonder if something else was going on but maybe its a function of money. I have a relative with bipolar and we have never done this but as I thought about it we simply can’t afford too.

  44. Janet says:

    Am I the only one who is thinking that she doesn’t look like herself at all? she used to have such a pretty round face – right? Anyhoo – wishing her the best with her treatment.

  45. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I think whenever they’re not seen together at each other’s events, it’s not because there’s trouble in the marriage, but because the “missing” spouse is recovering from another plastic surgery.

  46. xxx says:

    Hard to figure this one out. An immediate family member of mine was hospitalized twice for 30 days, would have been longer if the insurance paid for more. The fam member tried suicide beforehand because they went off their medicine which is a reoccurring problem with bipolar illness, they constantly think they are better, go off meds, and the mania or depression comes about pretty quick. The stays were for 30 days because this family member is very drug resistant, all the medicine combos did not work and we finally had to do shock treatments. My family member is now 100% after the ECT and we were very reluctant to have it but I can vouch it works.

    What does make me wonder is the “30 day” comment as I do not know of anyone knows up front how long their treatment will be unless it was for shock therapy, who knows.

  47. Ana says:

    I wish her all the best. It is good to have money and brains on such a condition.
    My Mama suffered really hard with a violent BP.
    She abused us heavily, verbally and physically, since we´re babies.
    We never supported or understood her.
    She died alone and abandoned by us.
    And now we (me) live with guilt and ashamed of our ignorance.
    Happy mother´s day, we deserve it.
    This illness is a bitch.

  48. Ana says:

    The “rehab” make it sounds like an illegal substance abuse and I don´t think it fits here.
    Because as other people said here, it´s more about to figure out the right amount or combination of meds for both stages maniac and depressive, based on each individual.
    It´s really hard to find that harmony and it also changes when age comes so at some point things could and will get out of control.

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