Dina Eastwood checks into rehab for ‘depression and anxiety,’ allegedly

We heard months ago that Dina and Clint Eastwood were living apart and on the verge of splitting. The news came following Dina’s disaster of a one-season reality show, “Mrs. Eastwood & Company,” which Clint is said to to have grudgingly put up with. He wasn’t a central character on the show, and whether that’s because he was against it or because he wasn’t that involved in Dina’s life at the time is hard to tell. It was maybe a little of both. These two haven’t been seen together publicly (that we know of) in months, and the last we heard they were very chilly toward each other at last month’s wedding of Clint’s daughter, Alison.

Now Dina, 47, has checked into rehab for “depression and anxiety,” and her people are insisting that it’s not for substance abuse at all. I don’t understand that. Are there rehabs for psychological treatment, or can the AA philosophy extend to treating those type of issues? I guess it’s possible, Ashley Judd went to rehab in 2006 for psychological treatment, and she says it helped her. Here’s more:

Clint Eastwood’s wife Dina has checked herself into rehab for help with depression and anxiety … TMZ has learned.

Dina, who stars in her own reality show with Clint’s daughter Francesca — “Mrs. Eastwood & Company” — entered an exclusive facility in Arizona … sources close to the family tell us.

We’re told she is NOT being treated for substance abuse.

Clint and Dina have been married since 1996 and have a 16-year-old daughter, Morgan, who also stars in the reality show.

Clint is no stranger to the treatment facility circuit – He’s a major donor to a hospital in Monterey, CA … which named its youth program after him. The program specializes in teen drug, alcohol and mental health issues.

We’ve reached out to the Eastwood family — so far no comment.

[From TMZ]

Another celebrity who claimed to have sought rehab for depression is Kirsten Dunst. (I was going to add Eva Mendes in there, but it was reported that she had a substance abuse problem and she did speak about it.) In Kirsten’s case it sounded like she didn’t want the press to focus on her addiction, but that’s her prerogative and maybe she thought her career would take a hit. In Dina’s case, I would think she would go to a high end spa for a few weeks or seek out another kind of under-the-radar treatment, unless it was very serious. Whatever is going on with her, I hope she’s ok and is hanging in there.

Dina in April, 2012. Photos of Clint and Dina are from 2011. Credit: FameFlynet and WENN.com

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  1. V4Real says:

    “Dina Eastwood checks into rehab for ‘depression and anxiety,’”

    I thought it would be Clint to do that.

  2. JudyK says:

    Thought her reality show was cancelled. Only saw it once or twice. Do not like this woman.

  3. mkyarwood says:

    Hey, I forgot how well spoken Eva is. Must be what the Gos sees.

  4. janie says:

    I hate to hear that. I really like her.. She is so kind to animals & takes care of the overload of a local shelter. I hope she’s back to normal soon.

  5. JenD says:

    I think I remember Clint wasn’t a part of the show because he wanted no part of it, like he wanted to keep his private life private, but he relented on letting his wife and daughters do it because they wanted to become “stars.”

    It seems no marriage survives reality shows.

  6. truthful says:

    I have been waiting til the ned of this semester to watch their reality show.

    I heard it was a doozy.

  7. gogoGorilla says:

    Although substance abuse and mental health issues tend to go hand in hand, there are places you can go if your problems are more about mental health than substance abuse.

    • teehee says:

      True- I was going to comment its sound strange to say “rehab” unless it is for substance issues; however my mom and mom-in-law both visited special clinics that dealt with spiritual issues on a comprehensive and holistic level. You could call that rehab, in a way, I guess.

      • gogoGorilla says:

        I think people use the term “rehab” because it sounds more innocuous than “mental health clinic.”

      • Mia 4S says:

        I think GogoGorilla’s got it. Sadly “rehab” is the more acceptable term than mental health facility or psyciatric clinic. That should not be the case! And we wonder why so many with mental health issues don’t get or seek help? So frustrating!!

      • Sugar says:

        agreed w/the “rehab” vs mental health facility. As I work in MH we have a 2 MD hold facility & a self referral or transfer facility but neither known as rehabs which in my community we have several of that focus on A&D addictions. Not sure if they’ve included twitter addiction to their treatment programs yet.

      • bluhare says:

        OR she could have depression and anxiety which fuels an addiction. Case in point: Me.

    • oxa says:

      Menopause is also a big part of depression/anxiety and can cause these such problems when the hormons dry up plus she is of that age.

    • ol cranky says:

      so glad someone else said it. Rehab is either physical therapy/occupational therapy rehabilitation or is is rehabilitation from addiction. You get help for any underlying mental health issues as part of your rehab but you do not get admitted to rehab without an appropriate diagnosis.

    • Hakura says:

      Dictionary.com’s definitions:

      Rehab‘ – “1. To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.
      2. To restore to good condition, operation, or capacity.


      Rehab‘ – “1. To help (a person who has acquired a disability or addiction or who has just been released from prison)
      2. To readapt to society or a new job, as by vocational guidance, retraining, or therapy

      I’m totally not trying to be a smart-ass here, just pointing out that ‘rehab’, which is short for ‘rehabilitation’ (not implying you didn’t know that) has many meanings, not all pertaining to a physical substance abuse problem. I don’t see what’s wrong about applying the word where it fits.

  8. brin says:

    Didn’t care for the show and I love Clint Eastwood but I do wish her well.

  9. eliza says:

    She is most likely at The Meadows which is known for treating addiction but also very good for serious trama and depression cases. A family friend with serious depression due to a horrible event in her life went there for help. So this is probably the truth. Hope she gets the help she needs.

  10. Lars Nyte says:

    AA isn’t the only 12 Step program. There’re 12 Step programs that purport to address a whole range of issues. Oprah even did a show on the 12 steps to happiness once. That said I’m not a fan of 12 Step programs for too many reasons to go into on this forum.

  11. Gossip Garl says:

    Its about DAMN TYIME, dragging my granny’s man into ishhhh like reality shows.Im so dissapointed @Clint for that..He’s about to leaf her,that’s why she’s depressed.Run Clint,RUN!!

    • Hakura says:

      Maybe Clint grudgingly agreed to her doing the show (under certain conditions about him, not being able to bother him unless he offers, ect. He may have worried she’d leave him if he said no… or maybe she truly believes *this* (being on tv, airing your personal dirty laundry & that of your children) will help her depression & make her feel better about herself (as a result of people’s approval.

  12. emmie_a says:

    Why is ‘rehab’ used as the term for treatment of clinical depression? You wouldn’t say someone was going to ‘rehab’ to be treated for diabetes? They’re both medical diseases…

  13. lucy2 says:

    I don’t know much about her besides that awful reality show, but I wish good luck to anyone making an effort to overcome an illness or addiction.

  14. tracking says:

    Well, there’s also a continuum for substance abuse. One could take relatively small amounts of prescribed benzos (for anxiety) for a period of time and have a very hard time weaning. I’ve heard it is very hard and even dangerous to do so without medical supervision. But, if you have the money to get serious help with a long struggle with depression/anxiety, why not? The official statement probably uses ‘treatment center.’

  15. Jayna says:

    She was silly on it and an embarrassment to Clint to have his family on there, and Fransceca wanting to be an actress, in what reality was this show going to help her? Having said that, Dina across as a sweet person and it was refreshing to see someone married to an A-Lister so unpretentious and their home actually looking average as far as furnishings.

  16. Nemesis says:

    I think rehab for depression is just a nicer way of saying that the person voluntarily committed them self to a mental health facility. Nobody wants to say they got committed even if it was voluntary.

  17. Shelly says:

    I almost think they just use the word “rehab” when it’s a psych issue, because saying “mental hospital” or the like has even more taboos associated with it (unfortunately) than rehab does. I only caught an episode or two of her show. It was really boring. No drama, and she seemed very normal and down-to-earth. She didn’t seem like a person with any addiction issues, but I guess you never know. I’ll buy the depression excuse, at least from her.

    • gogoGorilla says:


      “Going to rehab” is a pretty acceptable activity for a celeb (and even normal people), since so many of them do it. I don’t think there are really any taboos associated with it any longer. People find it positive when a person is aware enough to get their substance issues addressed. (But checking into a mental health center? Now that’s seen as scary and taboo.)

  18. Murphy says:

    That show was awful

  19. Haolebunny says:

    The show wasn’t that great, but I loved how Dina helped out the local animal shelter. And their home looked real and lived in. It wasn’t all RHOBH-y.

  20. Ann says:

    I’d be depressed too being married to an 80 year old at her age.

    • Cazzie says:

      Well, she knew how old he was when she married him!

      This is the ‘caretaker’ part of a May-December marriage…hope she sticks with Clint and takes care of him, in keeping with the vows she made.

      It may be that part of her depression is the realization that they have both entered new phases of their lives, and she needs to be his wife in a new way and care for him during the next decade.

  21. Yelly says:

    The first episode or two of that show were okay, it’s when they started focusing on that weird boyband she was managing that everything went downhill.

  22. Holden says:

    Wow, that is quite a series of pictures. Hopefully the treatment center doesn’t have internet access.

  23. Bella says:

    I thought they were finally splitting up

  24. the original bellaluna says:

    I agree with others that “mental hospital” or “clinic” has more of a stigma attached to it these days than “rehab” does. (When I was a kid, a friend’s mom had a breakdown, and our parents referred to the hospital by name, because none of us had any idea what that was – it just sounded like a hotel or something to us.)

    I also think it’s possible that she’s entered into it to get a proper diagnosis, as well as proper medications and dosage. (Sometimes those meds take 30+ days to work, or they don’t work on some people, and anti-anxiety drugs can be highly addictive, so I’m not bad-mouthing anyone who is able to afford this manner of treatment.)

  25. RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

    She always seemed rather manic to me. And that series of photos doesnt help.
    But this is probably about/caused by cancellation of her show…..maybe cancellation of her marriage….which also means no more chance at stardom….thats a lot of disappointment to deal with at her stage of the game……Id check myself in some place too…..

  26. Kori says:

    I went to what I guess would be called rehab for depression and anxiety. I had a complete collapse (long story short) and I was put in, voluntarily but upon recommendation, for a 5 day period. It allowed them to evaluate me,assess the proper medical & therapeutic treatment, monitor my reactions to the medication in a controlled environment and allow an escape from the outside stresses rather than running back and forth to doctor’s appointments. It was a Godsend, believe me. I relaxed a good deal just being there and knowing I was surrounded by professionals who wouldn’t let me come to harm and would help me. That was 6 years ago and there have been bumps in the road but going in to the mental health clinic definitely saved me. I can definitely see the appeal of someone in Dina’s position of needing help and being able to afford to get it. I was lucky in that my husband is USAF and the tab was completely covered. If she truly has gone in for depression and anxiety issues, I wish her all the best in her treatment and recovery.

  27. Mrs Odie 2 says:

    When a man is in his early fifties, maybe a woman in her twenties can close her eyes, open her legs, and think of his bank account and all the Hollywood parties (side-eye, Alec Baldwin). But when he’s pushing 80 and she’s still young, and the smell of Fixodent haunts her dreams, I think that maybe it’s expected that anxiety and depression take hold. Can you imagine Clint on Viagra coming at ya? Shudder.

  28. jodi Sherman says:

    Problem is, Dina is a celebrity whore,sorry for the term but that’s what it is! Don’t any of you remember when Clint won for the Unforgiven? After party she was drunk but kept saying over and over again how Clint’s mom was “hammered”! Clint was so embarrassed! Dina was our local news anchor on KSBW in Salinas, and was chasing Dan Green, her co-anchor until she met Clint, who had Frances Fisher stashed in Redding ready to give birth to Clint’s daughter Frannie!Francis found out about Dina when The National Enquire printed a pic of Dina kissing Clint At the AT&T Pro-Am golf tournament!At the time, Dina claimed never to have even seen a Clint Eastwood movie before! Come on, she would have had to live on another planet to have not seen one! I think Dina is getting what she deserves, what goes around , comes around! Fair game! She stole him from Frances now she’s getting hers! If Clint had worked as say an executive somewhere , she wouldn’t have looked at him twice! In fact, I was in Mission Ranch, which Clint owns, prob 10 or 12 years ago and Clint was sitting at the bar with a lady and Dina walked in, slapped his face and stormed out! Clint stayed and finished his drink! She knows there will be no more invites to academy awards, Kennedy Center Honors, and so on without Clint! Just an older woman now with 20 million bucks! But oh, how she wants to be around the stars and the doors that Clint opened for her! Like I said, Karma Dina in spades!

  29. matt says:

    I’ve suffered from treatment resistant depression all my life and you don’t do to REHAB to get it treated. They’re either lying about what she’s getting treated for our where she’s at. She may have some depression add an underlying reason she started abusing drugs or alcohol. For regular depression you go to an inpatient treatment facility aka psychiatric Hospital.. It doesn’t have to be a locked facility… It can be a place like Austen Riggs in MA
    ..look it up…. but it’s not called rehab… You don’t rehab depression or anxiety. But you have to be super rich as these places are never covered by insurance. I wanted to go to Austen for a chance to save my life but can’t afford $2000 a day or other programs I looked into.. Many required a 4-6 WK evaluation period at $60-75,000. Is sad the way the US healthcare system works.. Celebs get praised for getting treatment but regularfolks get to die instead