It has been a difficult few months for Catherine Zeta-Jones. She has been supporting her husband Michael Douglas through his battle with cancer, as well as caring for their two young children. Now, it has emerged that she recently spent time in a mental health treatment facility.
The exact reason for Catherine’s hospitalization has been stated as bipolar II disorder by TMZ and other sources, including the BBC in Catherine’s native UK. Bipolar II disorder is a specific mental health disorder, characterized by at least one depressive phase and one manic episode. It is not necessarily stress-related.
Catherine’s representative flatly denied the claim that this is what Catherine Zeta Jones is suffering from. Zeta-Jones (41) and Douglas (66) have two children together: son Dylan, 10, and daughter Carys, 7. Catherine was rarely away from Douglas’ side through his cancer battle and it is the stress this caused that her representative says caused her hospitalization.
Catherine has already signed out of the Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut so it appears to have been a very brief stay. Most reports suggest she was a patient for only five days. That either casts doubt on the bipolar diagnosis or suggests that Zeta-Jones is not yet ready to undergo treatment.
“She’s feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films,” her rep said.
We will see her next see her in “Playing the Field”, alongside Gerard Butler, Dennis Quaid, Jessica Biel and Uma Thurman. Let’s hope she can put her recent mental health issues behind her soon, whatever they are.