Catherine Zeta-Jones checks into a mental health facility
April 13th, 2011
04:29 PM ET

Catherine Zeta-Jones checks into a mental health facility

Just three months after Michael Douglas told “Today’s” Matt Lauer, “I’ve got (cancer) beat,” his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, has checked herself into a mental health facility.

The actress, who has been by Douglas’ side since he was diagnosed with throat cancer last fall, is seeking treatment for bipolar II disorder, her rep confirms to CNN.

Bipolar II disorder, which, according to the Mayo Clinic, is less severe than bipolar I disorder, causes irritability and mood swings occurring as often as several times a day, or as seldom as a few times a year.

“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.”

Her upcoming films include dramedies “Playing the Field” and “Lay the Favorite."

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    December 13, 2011 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Caligirl

    I'm sure she's going through a lot and having bipolar isn't fun. I should know but if this is a publicity stunt then I am not amused.

    April 16, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
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    April 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stephanie

    What kind of society do we live in?? How about we congradulate her for getting help? It's not easy to open up to the world about something so private and yet who are we to judge her. I think it's great she seeked help. Maybe it will inspire others to do the same. God bless u Catherine, you'll be fine.

    April 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nitrous

    She finally woke up from her trance and realized she was married to a saddlebag – bada bum!

    April 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Art Cohan

    Bipolar disorders and PTSD is rampant in the entertainment industry. Most of it is trauma related during toddler years, which sadly creates a desperate need for attention to be liked, loved and/or acceptance. Much of this crap is "groomed" behavior to ensure mental enslavement. This allows for some rather nasty Hollywood executives to exploit seriously damaged individuals. Look up MK-ULTRA, Project BLUEBIRD, and JEWEL Mind-control programming. Disney is famous for this crap.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. snow white

    So basically with all the issues in our lives and the world – WE should ALL be entering facilities. I just find it hard to believe how much of this is being promoted. Think back to 40 or 50 years ago when our parents, grandparents who were struggling to start a new life here in the western world, how difficult it must have been for them and they pushed through and made it happen. These stars coming out and acknowledging they have this and that and go into rehab, have it easy. FINAL.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. notborncynical

    Caveman – or actually Ignorantman. You obviously know nothing about mental illness. It can't be controlled without medication and/or therapy. It's like an illness or weakness of the body – bad heart, diabetes, etc – it has to be treated.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Christina

    Why is it that if a celebrity falls out of the headlines for a few days they suddenly come up with some kind of mental illness, disorder or drug addiction that they need to share with the media? I have no doubt that bi polar disease exists and is a serious problem for those who actually suffer from it. However, I also feel that it is a common celebrity "problem" when they do not feel that they are getting enough attention and are loooking for public sympathy. Sure enough, once they are in the headlines again, they are suddenly cured!

    April 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rico

    "Bipolar II disorder, which, according to the Mayo Clinic, is less severe than bipolar I disorder, causes irritability and mood swings occurring as often as several times a day, or as seldom as a few times a year."

    So this is something all women suffer from?

    April 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Finnish Fire Woman

    All actors have at least bi-polar disorder. Either we are born with it, or the environment we work in creates it.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  17. anobody

    Look again could be "the change" coming a bit earlier than expected. She is the right age...

    April 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Shirley

    This does not have to be a lifelong illness! I have been medicine free for over 13 years now. Yeah me! The natural approach worked for me and now I share what worked for me with others.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  19. mecrazy

    I thought bipolar 2 was the sequel to ice age..

    April 15, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  20. Sanity Clause

    Bipolar people have a problem because of all the travelling.

    April 15, 2011 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  21. Robert

    Who cares there is a lot of people who have
    bipolar disorder who are not famous movie
    stars, and you don't see there stories in the
    news

    April 15, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  22. MMasi

    Who in Los Angeles isn't bi-polar at times? I live here and it can be high stress especially for a lady whose husband has been quite ill. She is a talented actress and is only being treated for the less severe Bi-Polar II. I feel that she will perservere and return to a dynomite career! Posted by Los Angeles Lawyer at http://www.marymasilaw.com

    April 14, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Dino

    catherine needs a younger man around to give her some "energy." The old geezer michael douglas can't bring it anymore.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  24. thinquer

    Thank you Catherine!! BP will get some good attention, even become glamorous. Courageous and beautiful woman, you go girl, you are going to help a LOT of people. Love you!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. thinquer

    Finally! Now BP will get some good attention, even become glamerous. Courage and beautiful woman, you go girl, you are going to help a LOT of people. Love you!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  26. DeadIdol

    I think everyone with a mental and physical handicap should be put down. Unless they can make a good contribution to society. I am sick of the people leeching off the hard working normal people. I hate the fact they get handouts from the government and charities. Hate the fact everytime I turn around got someone asking me to donate for some charity. Also hate the fact I work 12 hours a day hard labor in a steel mill and have to give the good parking spots at the mall to a bus full of helmet wearing idiots.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  27. caroles

    Beth from Texas is an ignorant troll.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Peter

    that happens to woman who marries an old fart for his money, now she is alll upset that the old man Michael Douglas still living and kickin.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  29. poor little rich girl

    maybe this woman got sicker when she foud out that herold husband MIchael Douglas, was not going to die sooner than she expected. I bet she is bi-money, mucho money.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jonathan Baran

    Bipolar II disorder sounds like a scam to me. I'm sick of all the psychiatrist quacks who think they know everything and just keep pumping people full of drugs. Check out the GMA interview with Matt Lauer and Tom Cruise on youtube. Tommy is smart enough to know that you don't let anyone mess with your head!!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  31. justin

    She is a beautiful woman who is a great actor, singer, and dancer. Beyond that she showed who she was on the inside when she stood by her husbands side when he became ill. I hope he will do the same for her. Best wishes to one of the classiest ladies in Hollywood, and her family.

    If you haven't seen the film version of "Chicago", you simply must! It is an amazing film full of incredible performances by it's very talented cast. Especially by CZJ!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  32. humor is the best cure

    So she was not acting in the movie "The Haunting", just being herself.
    JK. Always liked her, wish her the best.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Observer1

    Bipolar sufferers do make the best actors, though.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  34. surfer4life

    It looks like she was cropped into that photo.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  35. joe

    Please stop. There millions with this diorder and one star you make it u can't blieve its possible she's no differant only money and fame.
    What about the kids. What about the man or woman who can't work or can't get help. Stop it. Tell all the millions where they can check in for the same think. Then u can talk about kzj.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Jim970

    Given what she and husband have been going through, it is almost surprising she isn't in worse shape. I wish her well.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  37. It's My Thoughts

    all i know is that when we have aproblem with stress or an illness we keep it private for the sake of our family and friend and children. also we keep it quiet for the sake of privacy. this is the woman who sued a mag/tabloid for invading her privacy. so no i still dont by it!

    April 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Norma Ortiz (66 years old) Hispanic/Retired

    "Bi-Polar – Manic Depression has been a part of our family lives for the past 27 years. My 47 year old daughter (who has a Masters in Public Administration) is presently hospitalized in a Psychiatrict Ward in a New York Hospital for treatment. In her elevated manic state she has threatened her son with a knife, she has made false allegations against me to the F.BI., US. ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE,,CHILDREN'S BUREAU WELFARE OFFICES, THE PASTOR OF MY CHURCH and many other horrific cruel false allegations. I had to file a Violation of the Order of Protection served on her, and other family members have had to do the same. Due to budget cuts there is a possibility that she may be discharged and not kept in the hospital for longer Mental Health Treatment. What's next..a Murder? What's a Mother to do?

    April 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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      norma, please reach out the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) http://www.nami.org or Mental Health America. The people in these organizations live with or have family members/loved ones living with mental illness. they are invaluable resources for navigating the doctors, bureaucracy and the emotions you and your family are dealing with. loving someone with a mental illness is not easy, but the support of others with similar experiences has helped me tremendously.

      April 15, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Katherine

    All these heartless comments would never be made if people actually had to show their faces and not hide behind a computer. I applaud her for being open and honest about her mental illness, though I have to wonder if some tabloid wasn't going to "out" her about it, so the family decided to strike first. It really doesn't matter. I am glad she is getting the help she needs. I have a friend who is bi-polar and her whole life fell apart. She lost her job, her home, her child and is living in her car. No one wants that.

    It's true that if you don't have your health, you have nothing. Mental and physical health is so important to all of us. Some of the trolls on this board are just awful and should hang their heads in shame.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Mai

    I don't think Catherine needs to go public. She has already reached a respected place in the movie-maker business. I admire her and congratulate her for having the courage to seek for treatment for her bipolar disorder. Brave for you Catherine and get wll soon.
    Mai from Venezuela

    April 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  41. It's My Thoughts

    Look im not knocking mental health, im a bit crazy myself but why suddenly does she get bi polar? im very skeptical about this, i think its some sort of stunt to get some attention back and im sticking to this thought, no matter what anyone else says.

    My thoughts and sympathies with those that suffer from this.

    ive just had to endure a 30 minutes programme (replaced by our usual regular celebrity gossip) with poor zeta and her mental probs. I just dont buy it!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • SL

      It's believed by most doctors that you are born with bipolar, yes it is true that its normally diagnosed in the late teens and 20's (this most likely due to the emotional triggers of puberty and high school and stress). But everyone's trigger is different it is possible that she's always had bipolar and just never experienced the triggers until now.

      I think it's great that she came out public. Her husband didn't keep it private that he was sick and fighting cancer. Mental illness deserves the same attention. This whole concept to keep mental illness "hush hush" only reinforces the negative stigma that it's something to be ashamed of. She's a role model and there are probably girls out there that look up to her. Maybe, just maybe, she made some teenage girl feel a little less ashamed about her mental illness. I know she;s made me feel that way.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Astonlad

    Get well soon Catherine. Love your work! x

    April 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  43. SL

    To all those above who just assume she's doing this for publicity or its,just menopause or not real, it's you who fuel the negative stigma mental illness still gets today. I was diagnosed at the age of 15 with Bipolar II and Anxiety and it took me almost two years to find a stable combination of meds. I had to stop going to school and be home schooled, I had deep depressive episodes where i wouldn't leave the house for weeks and manic episodes where i wouldn't sleep for days. that was almost ten years ago and with correct medication and therapy i not only went on to college and graduated, but did a semester abroad in Australia. I have fulltime job and am working to pursue a Masters. I still struggle with it and have to deal with the fact that I might pass this on to my children. Its frustrating to see people pour out support for Michael Douglas fighting cancer, but when Catherine announces she's receiving treatment for a mental illness, people think it's some kind of joke. You're the joke.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Linda M.

    Early menopause? How old is she? Stress of her husbands illness can take a toll.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  45. nitrous

    My diagnosis: The change of life is making her wacky.
    I'm not a doctor – but I play one on TV.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Judge Dredd

    She went loco after handling that old man's sac

    I am the law.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Elena

    CNN, specifically SuzAHN Malveaux: Will you PUHLEEZE pronounce Zeta-Jones' name the correct way? The e in Zeta is long, it is not Zaytah–it is "Zeeta". Thank you.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Kaitlyn

    Bi-polar disease is real, You can believe me. My son was diagnosed with this terrible disease. He was on top of the world one day and terribly depressed the next. He was an engineer with patents approved and pending when he committed suicide almost 7 years ago. He was a beloved father of 4 when he committed suicide. He was my eldest and beloved son when he committed suicide. So please don't say bi-polar disease does not exist.......that it's not real. I know all too well that it's real. I pray for a cure. I also pray that the physical pain I still feel will finally lessen. God bless Catherine and all who suffer from bi-polar. And please, to all of you who would say "why pray?", don't say that to me. I would really not appreciate it and I surely don't need to hear it.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  49. EEML

    i'm not a Doctor but I believe what she is going thru is menopause symptoms :)

    April 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • @EEML

      @EEML....you're right – you're not a doctor and you have no clue what you are talking about. Now go back to flipping my burger please.

      Menopause *eyeroll*

      April 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Parent of Bi-Polar

    I had have an ex and a child with Bi-Polar I. It is a mental illness that not only affects the person who has it, but it puts an extremely difficult task of living with these folks...The mood swings, the manic episodes; the constant monitoring to make sure they are on their meds...It is very trying...The person with the illness, whose chemistry is always changing, is usually on so many different meds to keep up with the changes, that it makes it hard to get on an even keel. They're life is never normal, they need a lot of positive reinforcement, for they tend to lack social skills. I commend her for her not being ashamed of who she is...and getting the help needed to live a "normal" life...I am guessing that the stress she has been under played a large part in her decision. Kudos to Catherine! Get well soon.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Eshpigmenou

    Is she from The Athos? I could have sworn someone said she was a pigmenou. Pigmenous are highly intelligent bipolars. Bipolar is cool dude. Gyros are also cool. Especially General Tso's Gyrso from Yoan's Garden & Grille.

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    April 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Dan

    We love you Catherine, and Michael too. Take some time for yourself, take care, and best wishes to you and your family.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  54. bob

    She's a girl so she's bipolar by default.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob can't spell

      Hey Bob! YOU forgot a "O" in your name. Don't you spell it b-o-o-b? Cuz you are a big one for your stupid bipolar remark. AZZhole

      April 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Sheeple

    People need to watch the Twilight Zone Episode "Number Twelve Looks Just Like You" ..it's a PERFECT example of the mental health industrial complex.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Answer Man

    She just needs throat sausage.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • you do not have all the answers

      And all you need is morals, a life and an education. Now go get them.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  57. huh

    the previous thousand posters don't have half a brain between the lot of em

    April 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Sheeple

    Sheeple wake up! Psychology/Psychiatry is a racket. If you have to check *yourself* in because you think you are crazy then guess what..your not crazy!..Crazy people aren't aware they are crazy..The mental health industry is about control of a society and it's also a business. It's either to get you to do lifelong sessions or get you dependent on drugs. Yes they do have people with mental issues who are a danger to themselves or others but you can spot those people from a mile away without a 4 year degree! Don't forget that gay and transgenderism was considered a psychological disorder(because at the time society did not approve of it) but with enough lobbying and pressure they got it removed..

    April 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Fran

    Sybil, party of 15, Sybil, party of 15, your table's ready........

    April 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  60. tracy

    Bipolar or a lack of intrinsic factor ?

    April 14, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  61. Matt

    I'd go into a facility with her any day, hubba hubba hubba! :)

    April 14, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  62. erich2112x

    True classically diagnosed Manic Depressive syndrome is as rare as Turrets. In the last 20 years, the psychiatric community has broadened the definition to include most of the population and the RX industry makes billions.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  63. JA

    I am so happy to see someone with her clout bring this mental illness to the forefront and show people that we who are bipolar are not dangerous serial killers, but are people with a chemical imbalance that affects every part of your life. The manic, euphoric episodes to the basement-of-depression mood swings are difficult to live with and without the correct medication, they cannot be controlled. Love, emotional support, and compassion are so important for people wth bipolar disorder. I've been this way all my life and I'm in my 50's. Sometimes it takes years to be diagnosed and find the right medication and you feel as if you're losing your mind. It's so hard to try to have a family, a marriage, a job, and just function normally when your brain chemicals are out of whack. It's sheer agony for the sufferer. My prayers and good thoughts for Ms. Zeta-Jones.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  64. Poor lady

    I'd be a mental case too if I had to clean up Michael Douglas's number twos every day. Imagine, all stuck up under his back side, up his back and all over the sheets like Sam Kinisson did when he left a pile for Jessica Hahn to clean up.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  65. It's My Thoughts

    lucky that she has the money to check her self in and also get her kids looked after at the same time. Not many people have this luxury. Stop applauding her she is only checking in to get some publicity back for herself, after it being on her hubby.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  66. shawn s

    I am a flamin ho-mo. I love to hook up with dudes and party down with monster schlongs in my keister!!

    April 14, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  67. Linton

    To Caveman – you've chosen a totally appropriate screen name. – 'nuff said.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  68. Linton

    To Caveman – you've chosed a totally appropriate screen name. – 'nuff said.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  69. Duty of Calls

    I'm Bipolar Seargent Master rank 2

    April 14, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  70. shawn s

    if we all could just check out occasionally wouldn't that be great. so apparently everyone is bipolar? seems like she's normal...mood swings depressed? everyone has those problems. let's name it, commercial it, and make money off it. your not normal you have slumpty dumpty disease...that's the feeling of being in a slump and you feel slightly trapped by your surroundings.....duh.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  71. Anonymous

    who cares?...she's a pampered baby.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  72. ummm

    The water we drink is what making people crazy. Those companies flushing all the meds down the sink and toliets and it's going into the water, that and people need to get on their knees and repent and ask the lord to come into their lives and save them. Stop worshiping the meds. You have demons living in you. Read your bible and see where Jesus cased out the demons from the heard of pigs, etc. Go now and read your bible!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  73. Leelo

    Why does it have to be labeled? Isn't every person who has watched their loved one fight cancer going to be stressed and depressed to some extent? Seems like a logical reason to have ups and downs, even several times a time, if you're sleep deprived and such. Why does she have to be labeled as bi-polar instead of saying she needs a break from all the stress?

    April 14, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  74. EddieMu

    In America, there are all kinds of disorders. No wonder the pharmaceuticals make billions of dollars a year!

    April 14, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  75. DaveM

    The description of bipolar II here is woefully inadequate. It is NOT some trendy, Hollywood disease. The ups and downs experienced by bipolar II sufferers can cause debilitating depression and suicide. I know; I suffer from it. Fortunately, there is medication that allows people to live normal lives. Too many people with this disease are untreated and self-medicate with alcohol and drugs. Kudos to Zeta-Jones for going public with her struggles.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  76. Michael Douglas

    Yea well i'm going to divorcing that crazy b***h soon. I am like that she was there for me with my cancer but I can't live with this nut case anymore. Anyway is she getting old so its time to trade in. I will give her some money and send the nut case on her way.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  77. Nathan

    I definitely applaud Catherine for seeking treatment. Bravo to her. Hopefully she will make swift progress in her recovery and will have the courage to speak about her experience (if she chooses).

    April 14, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  78. mark835

    Bipolar I or II is not something you would wish on your worst enemy. And Bipolar II has the highest suicide rate of any mental disorder. It IS real . . . very real. But with medication and therapy people can live half-ways normal lives. I have bipolar II and have been in mental facilities 3 times. Now I seem to be doing OK, but I have to be very careful. Friends, family, therapists, lifestyle and God's grace have enabled me to live a fairly productive life with a reasonable amount of the pleasures of "normal" living.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  79. AL

    get well soon CZJ.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  80. AL

    i wish CZJ all the best. it is unfortunate that she can't seek treatment in private.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  81. Rock

    Man, is she hot.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  82. Jimmy

    I Friggin think she's CrAzY and everyone else in HoLLywood this is sTupid and a waste of time!!!Why do I have to read THIS? I Hate this stupid thread.. GO AWAY

    April 14, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      I'm sorry this is not a stupid thread and I think Catherine is a beautiful actress. I hope some day A cure is found to permanently treat bi-polar in all its forms. Good Luck!!

      April 14, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  83. Um Winning

    Have you seen her husband? He is so old he remembers Jesus. No surprise that she needs mental help.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  84. GTFO

    People, people, people... You are missing the point of this article.

    "Her upcoming films include dramedies “Playing the Field” and “Lay the Favorite."

    April 14, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  85. teresa, ohio

    Best of health to Catherine. She has been thru an incredibly bad couple of years. When a loved one has a life changing illness, the emotional suffering is often felt more by the MAIN CARE TAKER.

    Unless Catherine has been bipolar all her life, which I have never heard mentioned, I'm guessing she is really going in for a mini nervous breakdown, emotional adjustment. One doesnt turn bipolar during midlife, I dont think.

    I wish her, Michael and their family well. They handled these last years with incredible grace and honesty.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  86. Phoebe

    $@%$^& oh gosh it's starting to happen @UI&%@ %%%o& i'm starting to snap!! Please take away the kitchen knives or I will likely hurt myself and I can't do that because the goverment is going to stop sending me checks!!! Aaaaahhhh I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!! DO YOU HEAR ME!!!! I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!! GIVE ME WHAT I WANT AND I WILL COME BACK TO NORMAL MOOD!!!! AAAAAAHHHHHH AHHHHHH!! I'M CRAZY EDDIE AND I'M GOING INSANE!! CRAZY EDDIE, THE PRICES ARE INSANE JUST LIKE ME!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  87. yeah right

    So many people just ready to pop pills any time they get bored in life. It takes some maturity and self control to hold your head up and push through tough times. Even with all her money, I guess she just needs more and is going to find it in the bottom of an Rx bottle. Sigh....

    April 14, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  88. BG

    Hey, CNN. Leave the woman alone. Stop the feeding frenzy. I wonder how may HIPPA violations the media is guilty of so far?

    April 14, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  89. David Katz

    wishing her the best...and applauding her for seeking treatment.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  90. jean dorsainville

    Get well soon miss.Catherine you will be in my prayer .....have faith in the Lord..oxo

    April 14, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  91. Netninja

    I pray for your speedy recovery.Get well soon!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  92. Haf dolla

    Yo yo whas up? I be h dolla and u know I rap! None of my stuff is really crap. But u all know dat I be depressed, I don't think its different from the rest. I go to da doc an tell him I'm sick, nope this time it aint about my dik! I told dat doc I was really ill...he told me it was time for a pill. Da diagnosis was hard to take! There is no way u can call me a fake...cuz now its known and I just gotta holla, I be given da bi-pola disorda!! Boom boom, bap bap. What a sweet rap!!

    April 14, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  93. barb

    Gerge clooney you and your liz best not cause any trouble Jennifer Anniston. Jen is way to cute for you and
    plus everyone knows you like robbing the craddle. lizis a weirdo. Jen has more followers that you oprah combined.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  94. Phoebe

    I'm sorry people. All these hateful comments just made me snapped. That's what bipolar does to people. Have you ever seen the movie The Shinning? That would be me on a very bad day and I think I'm close to that now. You people need to be nicer to me, walk on eggshells, give me what I want and just let me have things my way or I will pull one of those crazy moods. I'm an attention w*h /0re and I go insane from the pressure of every day life. Please feel sorry for me because I'm a freak.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  95. cbozey

    Sorry to hear about it. Hope all goes well with your recovery and good luck to you in the future!!!!! Now come here and sit on my face...

    April 14, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  96. Chase

    All she needs is some dicincider

    April 14, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  97. J.D.

    Bipolar is a disease. It oftentimes presents itself in young adulthood. Properly treated with medication and therapy the inflicted person can live a normal and productive life. Many successful and exceedingly bright individuals are bipolar. Not surprising, many of our best and creative musicians, artists and scientists are bipolar. I live in a town with the most PhDs per capita in the country, and our pharmacist can't keep enough bipolar medications in stock. During a manic phase a bipolar's mind thinks outside the box, oftentimes in creative and innovative ways. Of course, untreated bipolars can have erratic and unpredictable behavior & mood swings (i.e., Charlie Sheen), which can strain relationships.
    A successful bipolar oftentimes has a strong support system (family members, spouse) who keeps them in check, identifies when the person is moving into a depression or manic phase and gets mental health help to adjust medications and lifestyle (e.g., more sleep).
    I have been living with a bipolar for 25 years. Before he was diagnosed, we went through rough times, even divorced. Once treated however, he returned to the same person I loved when I first met him. I told my family members who didn't understand my decision that "I can live with a sick person, but not a bad person."
    Catherine Zeta-Jones is lucky to have a strong person in her life who is willing to stick by her and help her with the treatment she needs.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  98. Really?!

    So what is next. Biploar 3 disorder for those random times you tell the valet parking guy to eff off and leave restaurants ringing up a $500 tab and no tip? What about biploar 4 disorder for when you throw your lawn waste into your neighbors lawn? Maybe bipolar 5 disorder for when you hate the fact nothing is on TV worth watching? I know..how about "no responsibilitypolar disorder" that is the catch all for doing anything we later don't want to take responsibility for. And in all the "support" posts above the key word of the day is mentioned. "Medication". Keep feeding the drug lords people. They own us every day a new, stupid illness is "diagnosed" and they magically have a medication for it.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  99. Phoebe

    I have bipolar and the only thing that helps me when I'm in my nut case mood is when I get 10 blk men to take me up the az$. Doing this doesn't just let me feel good but it also releases the crazy in me. You see I really should be locked up in a padded room so I don't bananas on people but I like knowing that NORMAL people have to walk on eggshells around me because you never know when I will snap which is every 10 mins.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  100. TeaPup

    I'll help you.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  101. bes

    Practically speaking, a media outlet was about to break the strory and she had to come forward first. However, Catherine is getting a little long in the tooth and needs publicity, she can write a book and go on Oprah and talk about her
    "struggle" . In any event, for those that are suffering in silence, they are not alone, get help if you need it. There is no shame in getting therapy and taking a mood stabilizer. Good luck to her, and all that suffer mental illness.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  102. caroles

    I applaud her. I'm not sure why there are people who would do otherwise.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  103. Maverick

    I am a nurse and understand the effects psychological disorders can have on a person very well, seeing it every day in every facet and strata of humanity. I hope she is able to find and receive the treatment that helps her and her family.

    The only negative I can say is it really bothers me how so many people suffer from such a condition, but it takes someone famous to come forward before more recognition is made.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  104. San

    Our son is learning to live, at 16, as a successful adult with bipolar disorder. So glad that someone this 'solid' in character is willing to discuss her more human side. We all have one. People who live with chemical imbalance have to work daily to stay balanced...hard to do when your family has had such a tough year, or (in our son's case) you're navigating high school.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  105. rhonda jones foster

    I'm sorry to hear of your troubles. I am fans of you & your husband. I do wish you a speedy recovery & hope you are able to get rest. Hope everyone in the family recovers from the ordeal.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  106. alice

    What I like most is that situation has started a discusion about this illness. I am also thankful that it leads people to indepth information about it. I have been told I am bipoler but don't have extreme mood swings so I didn't understand the diagnosis.
    Now that I've gotten a better explaination of the different kinds I understand my own behavior better. Thank you.

    April 14, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  107. gabluefox

    People are commenting that she wants publicity due to her upcoming movies. Maybe she didn't and reps did. Plus, if she had an active calendar and suddenly doesn't show up, people would speculate more.
    Also, she is a spokesperson for the cause. Maybe if more people in the spotlight brings alignments in the "spotlight" us common folk will feel more apt to come out ourselves. Good for her and hope she can get through this so she can be back with her husband who needs her too.

    April 14, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  108. Chris

    @BethTX – best comments i've read, thanks!

    April 14, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  109. Movitar

    @frankdavis, I got an i.Pad2 for $281. Look they cost $829 by apple and this site claims 90% off so it was a lot more than they said but with a $548 saving it was still awesome…But I think the offer is only in the US and Canada at SnagBids.com

    April 14, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  110. John Mammal

    Seriously, how does this kind of stuff get out and get public? Someone at the clinic leaks it? Someone in her own family? I can't imagine why anyone would ever want to be in the public eye.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  111. john Blaze

    what a great publicity stunt for someone who's career was in the toilet and suddenly has 2 movies? Wonder who she "knew" to produce those?

    April 14, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  112. Seth

    I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for 117.37 and if you think thats awesome – my neighbour snagged a $999 Sony Vaio for only $92.73, its being delivered to his home tomorrow. I would be a fool to ever pay high retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy again. I even sold a 37" HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use SnagBids.com

    April 14, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  113. capone

    I believe she was born in 1960, that would make her 51, maybe she should stop lying every day.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  114. Brainy Yak

    I grew up with a mother with untreated bipolar, very likely I not II. The bravest and hardest thing a person can do is seek help. Way to go, lady. You're being a better wife and mom, just by doing this.

    I could not have a relationship with my mother until I was well out of the house and away from her. Took me a long time to forgive and understand the issue. Fortunately, the last five years of her life, we had a great relationship. She got to know my son and we spent a lot of time together. She died of a cancer which was easily treatable, but refused treatment. I honestly think she was tired of her mental illness and it was a way out.

    Get the help you need now. You know you need it.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  115. j d

    I have bipolar 3 and let me tell you this is very real and nothing to be taken lightly.i had bipolar 2 but didnt seek treatment so it progressively got worse.bravo to you kzj bravo bravo for getting treatment bravo!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  116. Stupid Vixen

    You iz all got dat wacky devil inside...just like Michael Hutchens from INXS said. Devil inside!!! Go get exorcism and u be cured. The spirit of Norbarkomintahken will leave and u be free. Then we party down!!

    April 14, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  117. Lisa

    You iz all wiggity wiggity wak! Bunch of nutbars! .....hmmmmm..freak out..hmmmm...Freak out she's super freaky.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  118. Name

    There's nothing wrong with her. Another over-diagnosed imaginary disorder that just make psychiatrists richer.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      I'm having a little problem with the diagnosis–bi-polar ll. Is this like Star Wars ll

      April 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 14, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  120. axiom

    What the pharmaceutical companies don't tell you is that in real studies placebos work just as well as meds, so what does that tell you? You can't just google it and believe everything you read. Look at real studies, do some footwork. Bi polar is a shrinks way of saying somethings wrong with you but I don't know what. So here take some pills and lets see what happens, but we won't give you the placebos that are proven to work and much cheaper and have no side effects because that'll be money out of our already well lined pockets.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  121. teepee

    Yall all need Jesus...

    April 14, 2011 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  122. Phoebe

    I just also wanted to add .a thank you t8o Lauren and others for their kind words. I am 37 and I have had Bipolar I with Borderline Personality disorder on top alpng with anxiety and PTSD. so a lot of these reposnses really hurt and offended me. Not one person knows how I feel or do what I do unless they have the same problems. i wonder how these cruel people would feel if they were talked about the way some of these people on here are talking. do they realize they could hurt someone so bad that they could drive thm to do something drastic. i wonder how they would feel if they Knew that someone took their life due to their cruelty. It just as bad as being bullied.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  123. Jason

    Wow. She is so hot! I think I like her even more now :D

    April 14, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  124. Phoebe

    I have to say im offended by beautiful vixen! what do you know about by polar! do you realize we cant help what we do! I have had it all my life and i wish there was a magic pill to make it go away! well there isnt. i maybe Bipolar and moody but you will alway be a an insensitive biotch!! kudos to Catherine Zeta-Jones! our lives being Bipolar is not easy its hard VeRRy hard. until you step foot in our heads amd walk in our shoes than you have room to open your effin mouth!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  125. Beautiful Vixen

    And yes you may also give me an award. I would take the heartless b***h award and I will proudly frame it and hang it on my wall. Since I moved away from the mental bipolar jack f*** I am happy in my new apt. Night now.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  126. Beautiful Vixen

    I moved to an apt. complex in May and my downstairs neighbor was bipolar. He made my life a living he11 for 5 months, that noisy, crazy son of a b****! I finally asked to be moved to another bldg in the complex. If you have bipolar, you need to get on your knees and pray so God can cure you and get rid of the devil inside of you. Yes I know what I wrote is heartless but living above that f***ing nut case was the worse. God bless the idots that stay with you or hang out with you nuts! All crazy people should be put on an island away from us.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  127. Lisa Marie

    I wuz named after miz Pressley but I don't like Elvis' music all dat much. What I do like is a big ol meat stick in my pooper! I just wanna get bizzy and hook up with some butch dykos!! Let's partee down and pump da rump with a big ol stump!!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Marie

      You're a disgrace to mine and Elvis's daughters name! PLUS BEING JUST PLAIN DISGUSTING FOR ATTENTION....Oh Lord I hope you're just doing that for attention. }:-{p}

      April 14, 2011 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  128. 2cents

    It's totally possible/normal to suffer a bout with depression and not have bi-polar disorder... that is until you go to the psychiatrist :)

    April 14, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  129. Bonehead Dumbazs

    Bipolar is another label for aszhole-behavior. BUT, in her defense, she is really hot and if she cared about her husband, cancer is a real pain to deal with. I'd do her.

    April 14, 2011 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  130. Lisa Marie

    TO: Superhiro, You get the award for the most IGNORANT, STUPID, UNEDUCATED, on and on and on, etc. etc. etc. (I can't think of enough words to describe how far behind you are on this subject) jerk on this board!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are one of the fewer people these days than there were years back who said to people that suffer from this horrible disease...."Just get over it and be happy" Well just get over showing your ignorance and educate yourself! Thank You to the people on this board who either have had to try and live with this, "disease", "illness," or "whatever people want to refer to it as" who have family members (which it tends to pass through other family members many times) or friends, or friends you know who have family members that suffer from Bi-Polar. Thank You for sharing your painful stories and trying to educate others on here who don't know about it or just don't want to "get it." I have lived and almost died so many times, put my family through hell. My daughter who thankfully doesn't have it, but had to endure it living with me didn't understand it either until she was in her teens and went to a class teaching family members and friends and how they could help, how to recognize the symptoms, what Bi-Polar (Manic Depression) was, the cause, a chemical imbalance in the brain that can be treated with med.'s and that sometimes it takes more then 1 try, sometimes several at finding the right med. to work for you. Also explained that a lot of people who take their med.'s can live a normal or as close to normal as life can be for us. BUT so many (including me several times over the years) start feeling better so stop taking the medication expecting to be fine after that. As it leaves your system you slip right back to where you started which is VERY dangerous especially to people who have severe cases. When my daughter left there she looked at me, gave me a hug and said, "Now I understand Mom." {:*-) Unfortunately, my son suffers from a severe case but has refused help, It has debilitated his life so much it breaks our hearts but we still keep trying to help him, when he answers the phone or comes to the door. {:"'-{ God Bless all of you on here that are trying to help educate ignorant people like "Superhiro" (my A$$, some superhero you are, in your own mind maybe.) I also wish Catherine the BEST! She's done a lot of charity work that people don't know about because she doesn't go around bragging about it for attention. She seems to be a wonderful Mother and Wife and I love her acting and glad to see her coming back to that more often. To all of you who are Bi-Polar or have other illnesses like it....HANG IN THERE, THERE'S ALWAYS HOPE AND HELP!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  131. philam5

    How can I tell if I have any of these mental conditions? I ask this because I highly assume that every person goes through some form of a mood swing, which my be over indefinitely long cycles to notice. So, when does a cycle become tight enough to lend itself into the bipolar domain?

    April 14, 2011 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  132. Aezel

    This does not surprise me. I know two people personally who worked with her in the film industry. They both said she was a heinous b****, and they would rather spit on her than work with her again. She has a serious diva complex and lives in a self created narcissistic fantasy world. When you do that, eventually you have a breakdown.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  133. Lisa

    For some reason, I am not a bit surprised by this news. CZJ finds out that she is just like everyone else. It blew her mind. In her own words...."things like this just don't happen to me".

    April 14, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  134. Karen Knowles

    Best wishes to Ms. Zeta-Jones and her seeking help. It's estimated that 80% of women suffer from some form of mental illness. Hopefully role models like Ms. Zeta-Jones will encourage and inspire other women to seek help – mental illness should not be a stigma, untreated everyone suffers.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  135. Blaine

    I was diagnosed 6 years ago at the age of 45 with bipolar II. When it was first diagnosed the doctors told me in the first interviews to determine how long I had lived with this condition, that it had been affecting me since the age of 15. I was told that the experiences in my life were not excused by being bipolar, but explained the causes of the behavior.

    The only thing that has gotten it under control is daily medication and regular counseling. BTW, men who are diabetic, either type 1 or 2, have a higher occurance of being bipolar.

    Best of luck Catherine, –Blaine

    April 14, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  136. MrId

    Maybe she needs help for being sooooo HOT!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  137. Good show

    Best of luck to Miss Zeta-Jones.
    For her to admit herself takes a lot of guts. This woman has been through quite a bit in the past.
    Am happy for her. She is on the right path.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  138. Lauren

    Please take a moment to be kind and considerate before you type. I've never encountered this disorder in my life but I'm sure it's no fun. Sure, Catherine Zeta-Jones in probably just doing some stupid publicity stunt, but she might not be and even if she is there are people who have to struggle with this debilitating disorder in a daily basis.

    And just so you all know. The difference between a mood disorder and a "menopausal" or regular mood swing is that you can't control them at all and they are detrimental to your daily activities. Not just a poor mood that you can sleep off. Thanks, introduction to psychology. A little knowledge goes a long and insightful way.

    If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa Marie

      Lauren, Thank You for leaving such a kind and insightful message on the board. there are so many mean uneducated people on here or people who just want to throw in something hurtful. I also think these people need to educate themselves on the "Manic" side of Bi-Polar, they go together but occur in different levels that usually change over time. I was very high Manic when I was young and then when the depression side kicked in, over the years I became Hy-Po Manic with Severe Depression. I'm not sure how many people understand about the Manic part of it. they just seem to be commenting (usually making jokes or being mean) on the Depression side of it and it sounds like a lot of comments are also being confused with just depression, which can be serious in of itself., but not the same as Bi-Polar. THANKS LAUREN. {;*-}

      April 14, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  139. CJ Topspin

    "Bipolar II disorder...causes irritability and mood swings occurring as often as several times a day..."

    She is a woman...so this is odd how exactly?

    April 14, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  140. alumette

    We really don't know what goes on in people's personal lives. She had likely adjusted to the thought her husband may die and as hard as it may have been, there could have been also mixed emotions. He is old and she is beginning middle age. The romance has to be out the window and that would be a good reason to have a break down.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  141. Christian

    Has anyone heard of HIPPA? Holy shiz. It is no one's business if she is in a mental facility. CNN, you are monsters for exposing her personal life like this. The things the media do for attention is disgusting.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  142. Lauren

    If you don't have have kind, informed things to say it's best not leave any comments. Sure, there is a chance that Zeta-Jones is just doing this for a publicity stunt but that doesn't mean other people don't deal with these debilitating disorders on a daily basis.

    Please just be considerate :( I don't know this disease personally but I'm sure it sucks. Just think before you type.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  143. catindahat

    having been treated for being bipolar Good for you Catherine! And thank you for opening up to us! You and your family are in my thoughts! Since I was a teen I have been treated for bipolar II, reading some of these posts makes me remember now why I didn't give that information out freely! None of the bipolars I know are getting a check every month! Im an assistant manager making 55k a year because I take meds and make sure not to be around people who think their above or better then ANYONE! People can say and think what they want, it's your right.....but I know it's real, my family, friends, exs and my husband, my children all know it's real. So I don't need to get approval for anyone thats not a dr, because only scared people are fearfull of what they do not understand and say the things they do to hide their fear!
    Thanks to all of you who have come forward about being bipolar or knowing someone that is, its not always easy when the people who dont know try to put their 2 cents in! Im proud of you!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  144. Hmmmm...

    I figured it was going to be because the reality of the fact that she married a guy who will die waaaaaaaaaayyyy before her finally came crashing down into her consciousness.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  145. Niko B

    yeah .. I can understand why Cat ... T-mobile used to make me want to either check in ... or check out.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  146. banshee

    41 is not too young to begin menopause. I was completely done at 44, and the years btween 41 and then were perimenopause and menopause for me. Same with my two sisters. It was a hellish experience. I was already being treated for depression but it got much worse during those years. And the stupid doctors said I couldn't be going thru menopause. I wish Zeta-Jones the best. Under those circs, anyone might be seen as hard to work with.
    And Shocked, no need to vent your obvious dislike of Americans here.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  147. Shawn

    makes sense to me after the year she has had . probably needed an R&R before her movie comes out and she rears up again in making more . BiPolar is manageble and she is magaing it by checking in for a rest . the press picked this up is all. I see nothing that says she is crumbling BUT she is maintaining . Good for her when she needs to take a break she does . Mt daughter is bipolar and I wish she learned this very important skill . Time for Zeta *

    April 14, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  148. babblespot

    Poor Catherine Zeta Jones at least she checked herself in which is a good thing the first step in over coming a problem is to realize there is a problem. Visit http://www.babblespot.com

    April 14, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  149. Leigh

    For those of you who deny depression, bi-polar, and other mental illnesses, shame on you. Just because you haven't experienced any type of mental illness does not mean it doesn't exist. I would challenge you to walk a day in my shoes. I am Bi-Polar I. I burnt bridges and lost friendships and relationships with people due to my disease during the time I wasn't being treated. I believe mental illness treatment consists of several things: (1) medicine, (2) therapy, and (3) being taught life skills in order to manage your life better with the mental illness. A combination of those things breeds a successful person who just happens to have a mental illness. A mental patient needs their medication just like a diabetic needs their medication and/or insulin. Ignorance and/or denial of a mental illness does not make mental illness simply go away. I don't believe in just throwing medicine at someone and hoping for the best either. I do believe the combination of things I listed is what will make life better for someone with any illness.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  150. JBK

    Good for her. It's nobody's business, but as I would do for anyone, I wish her well and a positive result from her treatment....

    April 14, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  151. Jeff Santen

    Takes a lot of Character to do what you've done. Sure you'll benefit greatly from your visit, and leave much wiser. Tip my Hat to you. Sincerely, Jeff Santen

    April 14, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  152. eldono

    So....any examples of what has been going on lately? Did she have some recent triggers that told her to get off the merry go round for a while? Instead of just telling us she has something, give examples. Oh..that would be too personal, wouldn't it?

    April 14, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  153. not buying it

    So she is a raging biotch with mood swings. Tell me something I didn't already suspect. Besides, you'd prolly be ticked off too if you had Michael Douglass' old wrinkly balls dangling on your chin constantly too.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack Astor

      Ah...to have Catherine, or whomever shows up.....sible.......teabag my boys....what a fantasy....I have a mental image......wait......wait....yeah thats it.....oh baby......Catherine don't stop.....more suction.......I can feel it....gently......OH....BLAMO.....game over.....:(

      April 14, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  154. anix

    The only people who really believe in BP are those who have it.
    I am BP I and it is very real.

    I was a professional athlete, model, etc... lived has been good to me.
    Its been considered that I developed this from chronic concussions... how it happened doesnt matter, how I deal with it does.

    BP is very real. Stolen nearly 5 years of my life. Without medication I'd be probably dead.
    I was vegan for 10 years, I dont drink, and I am a successful trainer. The eat better, you should try this do that conversation has no weight with me. Ive done it all, and unfortunately medication has been the only thing that has had true consistent results.
    I give no excuses for having this shvt, so the argument that its a natural mood swing is ludicous, asinine and an insult to us who really have it.

    People, these arent natural mood swings. Its deeper then that.

    Some use it as an excuse to be a victim. I am not.
    I appluad Catherine for having the balls to go public... great sympathies to her. I hope she is ok.
    I have never been hospitalized but been close and if she went in it means things were serious.

    To the outsiders who think you know... quit being judgemental, think you know 'how it is'? Before you think you really do go stand in front of a mirror look real hard and honestly at yourself, then have a real think on how you think you know how it is. You dont.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  155. Kayla

    Be kind to each other people. It's the only thing that will change everything.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  156. Ron Wagner

    Gosh, I sure wish I could figure out whats going on with me....

    April 13, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Jane

    She is a freak, can't stand her since she had an affair with MD and took him from his family. She deserves what she gets.

    April 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Yawn

    Hollywood actress has mental problems.

    April 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Allen Hill

    Why waste money checking into a mental health facility? Call upon Jesus Christ and read his word. Instant healing.

    April 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  160. julio

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery and many thanks you and your husband for great moments of happiness when I have watched your movies.

    April 13, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Red Pison

    Bipolar much like T-Mobile. Sometimes it works but most of the time there's no reception.

    April 13, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  162. GWATS

    It takes courage to admit you need a little help if you are an unknown person on the street, how much more if you are an 'A' list celebrity who must worry about their image?
    Mental illness is NO joke, and I hope CZJ makes a complete and full recovery.
    You GO, girl!

    April 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  163. FloridaDave

    Boy, I hope for her sake that it is not coupled with alcoholism. I've seen that first hand and it is so self destructive as to be deadly.

    April 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Key D

    ...This DOESN'T surprise me! (I hope all is well w/ her husband and that they're able to pull through) Ms. Jones has been through Mental Health Facilities like a "revolving door!" I worked at a VERY well known facility in CT where she had quite the reputation. Let's hope both she and the staff are SERIOUS about her disease! #please let it be about more than the Benjamins!

    April 13, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      I hope so MUCH she reads this and connects [ obvious will ] and finds out which person u are who worked there because I know you had to sign a contract to keep your mouth shut! This is a huge HEPA break in the law and if you are still working in the mental health industry or in any industry I hope you get out of it bc you make me extremely nervous if you were my caretaker.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack Astor

      Shawn, your a nobody....therefore nobody cares.....if you were famous, cultuvating attention at every single turn, then the fact that you went bezerk would be of great interest to the masses. Now go crawl under your rock, like the guys in the Geico commercial, and spare us all your poor pathetic pity party.......

      April 14, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  165. Mark

    Bipolar is one of the worse mental illnesses that exist. I knew someone that was bipolar and you have to feel terrible for them if you care. At the same time, it is almost impossible to be around an individual with this type of illness too (if not controlled in some manner). I wish Catherine the best.

    April 13, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Darlene Buckingham

    Good for her – it takes a lot of courage to come forward and seek help. I have always admired her acting as well as Michael Douglas. I was disappointed that she curtsied to the Queen. She is the Queen's equal and I am happy that she is showing such a human face. I wish her all the best as she is a positive role model for all of us.

    April 13, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  167. brunul

    Mangez donc toute un char de marde. Non mais jveux la fourrer la belle Zeta !!!

    April 13, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Stephen

    I wish the best for Catherine. I am bi-polar. I was told I was manic-depressive when I was eighteen years old. Now, it is called bi-polar disorder. I am sure it is an inherited disorder. While the "delusions of grandeur" give me lots of energy at times, the opposite depression has almost taken me over the edge to suicide many times. Lithium did not help. Talk thereapy worked best for me. While I would like to isolate myself, I know avoiding social activities is not good for me.
    I'm at a point in my life where I don't care what people think of me when I tell them I'm bi-polar. Telling people of my disorder frightens some, which is useful in keeping them away from me.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  169. truthinrock

    "She" had a tough year.....

    April 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Xenu

    She should try Scientology. She has money and she's got a problem. They love that.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  171. lstc

    Bi-polar disorder is a real and at times frightening condition. It is more than just fluctuating moods. It is a disease caused by many things including sclerosis in the brain and chemical imbalances. It is a terrible affliction and it needs to be recognized as a serious condition that can significantly damage your life if not controlled. I applaud Ms. Zeta-Jones for her bravery in seeking treatment. It is so heartening and while I don't know her, I am proud of her.

    Living with bi-polar is rough. Living with someone with bi-polar can be devastating and sometimes life-threatening to not only the person with the condition but the people living with the mentally ill person. I recently divorced my husband who suffered and continues to suffer from bi-polar disorder. I didn't divorce him because I didn't try. I did everything I could to help him.

    I left him because his symptoms were so severe that he was abusing me and our three very small children (five and under). I lived with bizarre behavior including him dancing to loud music without his clothes on in the middle of the night, coming at me in the dark when I was nursing our baby muttering strange things and threatening me, putting his fist through walls, and having psychopatic seizures. He couldn't hold down a job to save his life because his anger got in the way and he had a hard time concentrating. Many times before I could pay our bills all of our money was gone. Eventually, I could no longer pay the mortgage and had to short-sale my home. It was demoralizing and I felt terribly ashamed.

    Amazingly, when confronted by mental health professionals, he could manipulate them (sometimes) into believing there was nothing wrong with him despite being diagnosed four different times by four different doctors at four different hospitals, being removed by our home by ambulance and being admitted into hospitals. Bi-polar disorder destroyed my family. I think anyone who recognizes the importance of helping themselves before it is too late is truly brave. My former spouse still denies there is anything wrong.

    It has been more than two years and I know I did the right thing by leaving - I saved my children and myself from something horrendous. I write this message for any other woman or man who finds themselves in a similar scenario. Realize that you can't help your spouse and help yourself and your children. They deserve it and so do you. Break down the walls of fear. Tell your close family and friends about what is going on, seek help from your doctor or children's pediatrician. Staying silent is deadly. The only way to dispel abuse and the truth about mental illness is to talk about it.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • sockpuppet

      good for you for cutting ties, although it must have been incredibly devastating to make that decision...I had to cut off my highly destructive bipolar cousin, and I was treated like a jerk for doing so-I can only imagine the judgement you experienced after divorcing your husband for the same reason. Ultimately you have to protect your children and yourself first.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  172. michael

    Catherine, you are so beautiful,prayers for you.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  173. CJ

    hahahaha would have never thought she was a nut job

    April 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Chi

    Good for her! We live in an insane country most of the time. A lot of the people that should seek help don't. At least she is trying to better herself.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  175. this is tasteless

    ...does anyone else find it ironic that both of her upcoming films are "dramedies"?

    maybe it's just me.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Solar

    Maybe she is just a witch and this is an excuse to justify it. No secret she is an elitest to the extreme

    April 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  177. hilo, HI

    Maybe if she hadn't refused to stick her arm -fist to elbow- up that cows rectum in that film with 'Hannibal Lector' her mind would be ok now.
    She actually retold that bestiality-esque story on Leno for a laugh.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • hilo, HI

      'HAD" refused. I meant.
      Whenever asked to fist a bovine for $$ -'Just say NO.' is my advice.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  178. jose

    haha...Everytime I get caught cheating, I pull the same "I don't know why I do what I do. I think I am crazy" bullshiat.
    She's a hot woman caring for an old, shriveling man. Who could blame her?

    April 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Will

    Hope she becomes a spokesperson for Mental Health rights!!!

    April 13, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jose

      Why does everything have to result in 'a cause' or a 'spokesperson'? Let the woman get her break and deal with the fall-out to her reputation and expect nothing more.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Rosie

    Really?! All the stress at her age? Just started now? Nothing against Catherine Zeta-Jones. I've had more stess, cancer, post traumatic stress disorder, Viet Nam Vets, verbal and physical abuse and bi-polar family members before 40. Oh the fun in seeing family members locked away for the safety of themselves and others. Who are you kidding? Please don't glamorize the disease or make it look like she's doing this to help others, Godspeed and all the best to Catherine Zeta-Jones, but, please please, this is nothing to joke about. A life of prescription medication, a country that hates healthcare, and, oh yes, live in my state. Just lock them up and throw away the key. Catherine had "the option" of checking herself in? Please, do tell. And while you're at it, lock up Charlie Sheen and throw away the key! Or else, please stop plastering that f'ing idiot on tv. If you post my comment do it in it's entirety. This is a very, very serious matter. What til your kid has it.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Maria

    I understand why she came forward w/ this info. & appluade her for it! I wish she & Michael good health .... & I wish the same for the rest of you uneducated idiots who have no capacity to understand :)

    April 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  182. You Too!

    Catherine should b commended! Charlie Sheen should b committed. Her disease is very real. My sister has attempted suicide 4 times in 10 years & is very combative- heartbreaking:( Best 2 you Catherine!

    April 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  183. hahahaha LMAO

    She's a nut!

    April 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Ruth A Farella

    I am so sorry. I hope you both feeling better and stay healthy. Take care both and your Family, too.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Cris

    No one should have the right to know her personal problems no matter who she is- whether it be bipolar, depression and so on. Serious confidentiality issues there. And for the people who say "who cares"- you obviously do if you take time to read this post on cnn and on top of that you comment? Hmmm...

    April 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Head Diva In Charge

    I need to seek mental help myself.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Ted Nugent

    Kinda sounds like one of those made up diseases like chronic fatigue syndrome.

    April 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  188. @N

    U got that b!otch!!!

    April 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  189. ;ean

    As a bi-polar person myself and know first hand the destructive nature of "STRESS". I salute you for dealing with it the way you are. By opening your world of Bi-Porlar Disorder to the world and your fans you are bringing more awareness to a mental health condition that can cripple a person in more wauys than one. Being creative with you movie mmaking creativity it helps to keep a Bi-Polar person a tad calmer and becomes a lot easier to manage their Bi-Polar on an every day basis.
    Bravo, for your actions in staying healty and I say Bravo to your husband who is behind you supporting you and acceting you for who you are and the illness you live with daily.

    April 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  190. theendcomesoon

    everybody has mood swings and irritability at some point throughout the yr.. if you didnt id be more worried.. put a name and a diagnosis on everything so the pharmaceutical companies can market pills to screw your brain chemistry up even more.. you stressed out Catherine? smoke a joint and count your millions..

    April 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      Everyone has mood swings but not everyone experiences the psychiatric symptoms of bipolar disorder that completely take away one's ability to function properly. Look up mania/hypomania and severe depression. Not everyone experiences those things. I wish people understood that bipolar disorder is not the same as normal mood swings. It causes EXTREME shifts in mood, thinking and behavior.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  191. Mark

    I find it very brave that she is announcing this. She probably could have covered it up, but she sends a message to all who suffer from this terrible disease that it is okay to seek help.

    April 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Jbsr

    I'd bang both of her

    April 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Ken

    Good luck to her. She has had her hands full and then to have this disorder on top of it. I wish her well.

    April 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  194. lucidguy

    lol, she crazy...

    April 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  195. @N

    I am glad!!!she had crack smoke comin out from her hair!!!

    April 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  196. general

    man up

    April 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Absolutely Disgusted

    The majority of the comments on this thread are either heartless or just downright stupid and that makes me sad. The woman is seeking professional help for a REAL mental health condition and I give her credit for it. I wish her well. She has been under a tremendous amount of stress with her husband's illness while, at the same time, taking care of her family. It isn't menopause related.

    I wish her well.

    April 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Name*heather o

    Oh heavens to betsy. What on earth is going on. Bipolar is french for "I pay A LOT of attention to myself and you should too". Fire your nannies your maids your drivers your chefs, your shrinks and all the people who listen to your whining and take care of yourself, your home and your family. You'll notice you are far too busy to consider(said in whiny squeaky voice)"how you REALLY FEEL and who's to blame. Oh~ and be thankful for all the challenges set before you.

    April 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Leii

    I have the same problem but was diagnosed as menopausal syndrome.

    April 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  200. humberto

    She probably has high blood pressure.

    April 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  201. stephanie amos

    I applauid mrs. douglas for stepping up and getting help! she has had a lot to handle and deal with. she has been a lady through out it all. she has remain beautiful and a mother not only a wife who stays by her husband! rest zeta you earned it!!!:8-)

    April 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  202. dew44

    Poor thing. Fame, money and good looks are not protective factors against the human struggle.

    April 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Master of News

    for more news about Bipolar Disorder makes Catherine Zeta-Jones to checks into a mental health facility

    April 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Jim Weix, Palm City FL

    "...irritability and mood swings occurring as often as several times a day..."

    Sounds like your average woman to me :-)

    April 13, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Astor

      Yep....they sure are complicated pets.....gotta go, mine has to go to the vet this morning.....complaining of fleas again........

      April 14, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  205. Janice

    It is refreshing to finally see a comment board full of positive comments about a celebrity openly dealing with mental health issues. I applaud Catherine Zeta Jones and her family for their strength. It has not been an easy few years for them and for those of us who have dealt with addiction, divorce, cancer and depression in our families without the stress of the spotlight, I understand the necessity of her seeking help. Perhaps the Zeta-Douglas clan will inspire people to seek help when they feel helpless.

    April 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • akaldev singh panesa

      I give your two families great admiration as i have been supported too by my family and inlaws to the extent that i have beeen cured and act as normal as i was acting before.Let the experts like the one in england where national health is free can do much more with the community thrown in too. my local sikh temple is also contributed for my well being i love computers and the lodge here has obloged too.thank you all once again.

      April 14, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  206. arch

    Some of these celeb types will do anything to draw attention to themselves. Maybe what is happening to her is early menopause. I don't know her age, but if she is in her 40s it would be possible. Did her doctor run some tests or was this her coming out and telling everybody this is what I have today! Most people with bipolar disorder, whether 1 or 2, don't go around telling everybody. It's not like you go on the computer and look at some symptoms of bipolar disorder and say to yourself, I have a couple of those problems, so therefore, I have it! It just doesn't work that way! If she did go to a doctor and after testing the doctor determined she might be bipolar he or she would put her on some meds and monitor her. There would be no need to go to a metal hospital. That sounds very strange! I realize we are talking about hollywood where everybody has to have some type of problem or they feel left out! Her biggest problem is she hooked up with that piece of dung mikey! She has to realize that to him she will never be his equal. She is there to service him and be by his side when he tries to make a splash at an opening or wants to show her off like o.j. simpson did with his wife in front of others! Get out of hollywood and you will start feeling much better! They can't do that because then they would lose their fame and fortune!

    April 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      You are a lost patheritc stupid sould. This has got to be the worst of the worst, lamebrain bullpoop ever written. If you think this is even remotely correct, then I suggest you go back under your rock and never come back up for air. I have a boulder I will be glad to donate. You need it. I am laughing so hard at this ridiculous unbelievable egotistical garbage.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Sigmund

    Look up the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder and compare them to Bipolar II. Most people are called bipolar II to avoid the stigma of a diagnosis of Borderline PD or for insurance reasons

    April 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  208. dainty

    Thank you for being honest and helping to get rid of the negative stigma of mental illness. There are Drs that believe it is a medical condition and can be related to epilepsy. I wish you well. YOU are beautiful, inside and out! xox Be well*

    April 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  209. DV

    @ johnny – you won't find Pakistan in the entertainment section, but it's the top story on the "World" tab.

    April 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Karen

    Our neighbor had bipolar II. She was in her mid-30's and married with a 6-year-old son–our kids and her son did lots of playdates together. Even though she was being treated at the top university hospital in the area (with medications and electroshock therapy), it wasn't enough. She killed herself. Sadly this can be a very serious illness and just because it is called "II"–the milder form of bipolar disorder–doesn't mean it can't be life-threatening. I'm so glad Ms. Jones is looking after herself.

    April 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  211. solo35

    Are you guys serious? Money & fame surely doesnt make u happy, in some cases, its a curse. How about if u cant say something nice, dont say anything.

    April 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  212. ole crowName*

    Fun at her expense hahahahahahahaha!!! Put all your nonsense out there for more fame. B-O-O H-O-O poor me.

    April 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  213. johnny

    Wow, we can comment on worthless "news" but not on a man being murdered for blasphemy in Pakistan? Good goin CNN – Coverage Not Needed!

    April 13, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Dilbert

    I can relate to what she is going through. In the last two years I have lost two close family members, had a sister and father diagnosed with cancer, been laid off twice, had my boat and car reposessed. Theres more, ended a 3 year relationship on very bad terms, and am now totally broke and on medications for anxiety and depression, which have caused me to gain over 50 pounds. At least when I was having panic attacks, i looked good. Never could I envision needing meds just to get out of bed. I hope she gets better.

    April 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  215. carolae

    This was a good thing that she did. The stress of her husband Michael being diagnosed with throat cancer and the possibility that he may not survive the year, has been a terrible stress on her. On top of that, she must be thinking of her child not having a father at this young age. Thankfully, she is able to still make movies and she will do well in that it will keep her mind off of Mike's illness, though he seems to be doing well lately. We wish her all the best and know that God is watching out over them.

    April 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  216. sweetcarma

    Good for u!! Hang in there mama!

    April 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Zenith

    She is beautiful,talented and loyal to her family. She has been through a lot. I wish her and family well.
    That said, bipolar is a real psychiatric disorder and I hope that the right diagnosis has been applied. It seems that there is an epidemic of this disorder which makes me wonder about the effectiveness of those who are doing the diagnosing. The American Psychiatric Association jas clear guidines for the diagnosis.

    April 13, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  218. wowlfie

    Best wishes Catherine that the disease disappears entirely.

    My nephew had that and it destroyed him (finally committed suicide). It's a nasty disease!

    April 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  219. JDJ

    News like this is a waste of time and space. Who care shes in the mental hospital?? How does that affect your life?

    April 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Rockman38

    That’s just great. No wonder the poor woman is in the hospital, the psychologists can’t even decide if there is one form of bipolar depression or two? This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Now of course all the textbooks will have to be rewritten, because of this ‘new type’ of depression has to be added. Absurd. Sounds like a money making scam to me.

    Oh well I guess if you can’t find a cure, it is best to stay busy arguing about how to define the disorder. The funny thing is somebody did solve the mystery of Bi Polar back a few years ago. He was a theorist named Doug Arone in his book the Theorem. But then, hey you can’t make a buck if you actually solve depression. No money in that.

    So, have a nice visit Catherine. Hope you get well soon.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • psyche07

      Actually, BOTH forms of Bipolar are in the DSM -IV (diagnostic and statistical manual) which is the official diagnosis manual used by psychologists and psychiatrists. Although in some cases differential diagnosis may be difficult, for the most part you can tell the difference between the two types of bipolar based on the manic episode, and when the depressive phase occurs. Bipolar II has a hypomanic episode than a full blown manic episode. Also Bipolar I is usually accompanied by psychotic symptoms, not always but a good amount of the time wheras Bipolar II does NOT have psychotic symptoms. So in response to you, NO textbooks do not have to be rewritten because actually it already is found in our diagnostic manual, it is not a money making scam. These are very real disorders, Bipolar is a very hard disorder to live with, believe me if you worked in the field you would know. As far as finding a cure, it varies by patient, but therapy and pharmaceuticals combined usually have the best results. The nature of mental health is not like physical health, you seem to think that it has to be clear cut, but since people are different, unique, and experiences different, people don't display every symptom listed, so we define these disorders specific yet general enough to where we can differentiate the core set of symptoms and allow for the one or two oulying symptoms. If you were to work with these two types you could see that these disorders are real and there are these real variances which influence treatment options. The goal is to help the person. Also Psychology does not make this up for money, the goal is to help the person,it's a hard job, emotionally draining and demanding and the training is intense so if you're in it for the wrong reasons, it becomes evident very quickly and it wouldn't be worth pursuing. So please more respect for the field of Psychology, you don't know what you are talking about, I would say check up on your information before you post something like this where you make unfounded claims before bashing psychology on these unfounded claims.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lamb5

      this is not a "new type" – The first time you hear of something does not mean it's new.

      April 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  221. from experience

    Bi Polar untreated-VERY SCARY. Run, hide, stay out of the way! Oh yeah, walk on eggshells, ALWAYS!! Seek help!!

    April 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Liutgard

    At 41 it is unlikely to be menopause. However, it is quite likely that her doctors are right and she is Bi-Polar Type II. An amazing amount of artists and performance-based careers have high percentages of Bi-Polar people in them. It is possible to be high-functioning (particularly if following a carefully controlled medication regimen) and we might never know. If she needs hospital time, she needs hospital time. How she is or isn't treated is between her and her medical caregivers.

    It is alarming to me how many people here either jump to the conclusion that she's 'psycho' or blow it off as something trivial. It's not. People die because of Bi-Polar Disorder. Screwing up the courage to get treatment is hard enough without a bunch of ignorant yahoos spouting whatever idiocy comes to mind. I give her serious courage points for being open about this.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Jennifer

    Does no one recognize the courage this Lady has shown by coming forward? As evidenced by the majority of the comments here, people dealing with mental illness are ridiculed.
    Karma, people.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JA

      As a person who has suffered with this for as long as I can remember, reading hate-filled and ignorant posts is so hurtful. I work very hard to function normally and contribute to society, pay my taxes, be a good mom, etc. To read bullying posts from mean spirited people who want to spay and neuter people with mental illness is like reading a pamphlet from World War 2; it was Hitler's answer. I studied at a prestigious music conservatory and could have had a decent career in opera, had it not been for my bipolar disorder. My parents didn't believe in psychiatry and I was untreated for decades. I came home, got a job, and sought treatment for myself. I married, had a family, worked, divorced, and suffered for years. My adult daughter is also bipolar; we support each other through therapy and life itself. I applaud Ms. Zeta-Jones for her bravery. If only more people understood this illness and had compassion, the world would be a less hurtful place. I applaud all of you here who have this disease, or emotionally support a loved one, friend, or aquaintance who is bipolar. Godspeed.

      April 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amen

      FINALLY! A respectable post with a heart. What the heck is it with all these cruel mean people that are making fun of this? She is awesome for coming forward and bringing attention to this illness. She shows more courgae than the idiots that post here and hide behind their pathetic problems and make fun of those with REAL problems that are HANDLING them.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  224. ItsDaPoleece

    Publicizing any mental illness is an unbelievably tough and brave decision. The stigma associated with mental illness can be shown clearly in how just the word "mental" is often used to describe somebody who is crazy. It would be wonderful if everyone could appreciate the courage it takes to openly admit a mental illness or condition.

    Your mental health is only a product of happiness, stress and genetics. It may be easy to believe that conditions like bipolar disorder are just some medical excuse for a person being moody or depressed, or something you're just born with. Those are not the case. If you are born with a slight chemical imbalance that isn't noticable, the addition of stronger emotions or new burdens in your life could increase the likelihood of you developing a number of mental illnesses. And that applies to every human being.

    I hope Catherine can get well and carry on with her life. With any type of illness, there are no winners. Only those strong enough to survive.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      I was going to post something similar but you said it perfectly. So many people suffer from mental illnesses but are too scared to talk about them or to seek help. It's good to see such a well known actress isn't ashamed of getting the help she feels that she needs.

      April 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • jen

        oops, my message was directed to @itsdapoleece...the reply button didn't really reply the way i thought it was going to haha

        April 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  225. jujubeans

    Probably just the change of life.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  226. angela

    Prayers

    April 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Geoff

    Bipolar disorder wether I or II is a very serious but treatable menta health condition. It's chronic cyclical nature requires a significant amount of management. However, if treated and mananged effectivley there is no reason on cannot lead a happy, healthy, and productive life. It amazes me how heartless and cold people can be, although often the cold comments are a defense mechanism to cover up insecurity and/or pain. She is making the right moves to get back on track.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan - Canada

      Geoff

      Bipolar disorder whether I or II is a very serious but treatable mental health condition. It's chronic cyclical nature requires a significant amount of management. However, if treated and managed effectively there is no reason one cannot lead a happy, healthy, and productive life. It amazes me how heartless and cold people can be, although often the cold comments are a defense mechanism to cover up insecurity and/or pain. She is making the right moves to get back on track.
      _________________________________________________________________________________________________

      I agree that Bipolar can be managed, but the only problem is that many of those afflicted with this disorder do not stay on their medication. My sister unfortunately has this terrible disorder. She will sometimes be fine for a year or two...then stop taking her medication because she wants that high that comes with getting off her meds. Then she is completely out of control.....she has grandiose ideas; calls people at all hours of the night; is absolutely sure she has won the lottery and goes around town dropping off cheques to charities; gets in trouble with the law, because she causes all kinds of disturbances, be it in restaurants, bars or on the street. It is very sad the things she does when she is "manic", but even sadder is when she "crashes". It is even harder to take, because she is suicidal and soooo sad. It is heartbreaking, and there is absolutely nothing, that we as a family can do. She needs to be hospitalized and put back on her meds, but even that can be difficult.

      She has just gone through episodes of both and is o.k. right now, but very, very depressed. It is very hard for the doctors to find the right combination of medication. I always say I "wash my hands of her", but I can't because I realize it's a chemical imbalance and she is really hurting when she can comprehend what she has done...she is ashamed and can't believe all the things she has done. And this poor woman is 53....my heart breaks for her. So please, people, be kind with your comments.

      April 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      Since when do we believe statements made to cover up a famous person's whereabouts or conditions? It may be true or just a "prank". Maybe she wants the press to pick up on mental disorder instead of a "panic attack" or depression. We really have no clue. Maybe she needs time alone and that excuse was handy. She could be sick of being married to MD but does not have the guts or nerve to leave. Get my drift?

      April 14, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  228. Get Well Soon Cathrine!

    Catherine Zeta-Jones a True Hollywood Beauty who can also sing with the best of them!! – Get well soon Catherine – Blessings and good wishes!!!

    April 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  229. A Fan

    My hats off to Zeta-Jones for her bravery, and being down-to-earth. This is a woman who leads by example. Very courageous! If my x-wife had been cognizant (real) about her bi-polar disorder so many years ago, well, things would be very much different today for everyone on both sides of the family. People might think that Zeta-Jones is demonstrating weakness by checking-in herself to a mental health clinic for this sort of thing but, the fact is, you have to think of it like bringing your car to a mechanics for a diagnostic and maintenance. I only hope that as I age further that I'm able to be cognizant enough of any symptoms that will prompt me to do as Zeta-Jones has. Great job woman! You've inspired me.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  230. 14Susan508

    OMG bipolar ll? You mean she is like every other human being on the planet? She just wants a spark in her pathetic career and does not like playing second fiddle to Michael. What a freakin joke, bipolar ll!
    *******
    hey honey, you can't get mad at me, I have a disorder, its called bipolar ll and now I can sit at home allllll day and collect disability!

    April 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      Do you even know what the symptoms are? Bipolar II is NOT the same as having normal mood swings. Rapid speech, euphoria, giddiness, racing thoughts, impulsiveness, delusions, grandiosity, inability to sleep, poor judgment, excessive energy, etc right down to symptoms of severe depression (which I won't bother listing since most people are familiar with them) - really? Everyone goes through this on a regular basis? Do you? Trust me, it's NOT normal.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
    • The nicer Susan

      You are a sad lost soul. To think that people like to kick back and collect disability, you make me vomit. If you even had ANY education about this illness, you would not be so fricking mean. I'll bet you are a bully and make fun of anything. People like you are hiding from your own pathetic life and misery. Shame on YOU. Are you one that sits back and encourages your kidf to fight? Do you kick the dog when it is down? You are a disgrace to Humankind.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Fuyuko

    Well, I applaud her for taking the first steps to get the help she needs. She must be very stressed with a sick spouse and all the publicity. I hope the facility is of help to her and her treatment is effective. Good luck Catherine!

    April 13, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  232. stevo20

    and on that note, she did a very reasonable thing by seeking treatment

    April 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Joe

    It's hard to really care about Bipolar II. Pretty much everyone on the planet could be diagnosed with Bipolar II.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeenIt

      @Joe It really sounds like you've never seen it. I saw a woman go from unreasonably sad to disturbingly giddy and back to sad or angry and back to peppy and optimistic like 8 times in one day. I have never seen anything like it before or since. That is definitely NOT something we all have.
      If you had ever seen it you would not forget.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Salinger

      In my experience, most women experience this on a 28 day cycle.

      April 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Get well soon!!

    Best wishes Catherine Zeta-Jones – A Real Hollywood Beauty! – Take care Catherine and get the help you need – Blessings and Prayers for our speedy recovery

    April 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  235. susanbellnc

    I know first hand how difficult it is when you are taking care of a loved one with a serious illness, especially when that person is your spouse. This is the person who is your best friend, your other half, your source of strength. Bravo to her for seeking help. I wish them both good health.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • EZ

      Agree completely. That was my experience as well and the first thing I thought of when I read this story.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  236. abby

    I hope that her openness in doing so publicly helps remove the stigma and encourages those who need help to get it. Mental illness is an illness. It can require medication, it might require hospitalization. But it is an illness like diabetes or hypertension. It does require people willing to seek help when required. Hope all goes well with her; she has had a lot on her plate with Michael's illness.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Scott Lay

    Zeta, Take care of yourself. Michael is in the battel for his life , Not yours! Keep yourself healthy, Michael will not be abel to offer up anything.
    Luv Scott

    April 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Roland

    I commend her for being so open and transparent about her journey. There is so much misunderstanding perpetuated about mental illness (for instance, just look at the immaturity here on this board). I really applaud her and others like her who are willing to tell their story.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  239. TPF

    This is a private matter and no body's business except her and her families. Why can't the media keep out of people's private lives?

    April 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Se

      Shewants to go public to bring attention to this horrible illness, and unfortunatley, most people would rather make fun of it then take it as serious as it is, Probably because they can't understand how a beautiful wealthy woman ACTUALLy does have the illness, thinking money buys happiness. Sad how people can't understand an illness.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  240. someone

    I thought she had it all: beauty, money, family and carrier. Who am I going to envy from now on? :)

    April 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  241. T-bone

    Goddess. Absolute goddess.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Zach

    Symptoms sound like being middle aged woman.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • MS

      I know that the general public knows next to nothing about Psychology, so I am going to assume that your comment was made out of ignorance and not because you really are that dumb.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  243. Jen

    @nrt. I truly hope you never have to feel what Katherine is going through. Wow, just wow!!!!!

    April 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  244. tech

    such a heartwarming story

    April 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  245. mike dole

    i would check into one if i could afford to like her.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Carol

    Have friends who have Bi-polar disorder. This is the first time I've heard Bipolar l and ll, though. They are learning more about it all the time it seems. It's good to hear Zeta Jones is feeling great again.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  247. nrt

    she refused to sign his pre-nup before they married, so she can now back up the Brinks truck when he kicks the bucket...she is going nuts thinking about how much dough she will be left with when he goes...ka-ching!!!!!!

    April 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  248. darrman

    A good therapist can help.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  249. MayaMaya

    Good for Catherine. I wish her well. It's refreshing to see someone with a mental health problem acknowledge it frankly and seek treatment.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  250. cedric salter

    Look after yourself sweetheart.
    Take care of your self first of all and your family when you are feeling better.
    i hope things work out well for you all.
    love,
    cedric and my puppy Nina
    Take care sweetheart, i know that there are difficult times to deal with. You don't know me and I don't know you. but
    look after your self, please..OK?

    April 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  251. lame

    wow – really – you have NOTHING better to report. Shame on you for bring attention to a personal matter that should be kept private. There is no public interest play here. you guys are super lame.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Jen

    Chrisa, I totally agree with you. Jannynet, I also went through a similar situation with a family member. I'm so glad your husband is doing well. The comments made on this post do not surprise me but it makes me sad. Bi-Polar disorder is very real. She did the right thing by seeking help and talking about it to try and help others. Have a great day.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Lennie Ross

    Poor Catherine! She's the most beautiful and one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood, I don't care what anyone says! Hopefully this brief stay gets her back on track.

    Lennie Ross

    http://lennierosswrites.com

    April 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Susan Lorenzen

    Writing from Los Angeles: This explains why when friends of mine would do "extra" work on her movies, etc. she would get extremely mad if any extra made eye contact with her !!!! I hope this explains it anyway !

    April 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • BethTX

      Yep, the explanation is that she's a spoiled, overpriviledged little b*itch

      April 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • YOU are the B*Itches

      I 100% disagree. I also know people that were in her movies and they say she is the most thoughfull nicest and gracious actress. I'm sorry you didn't get your way in life and have to make lies about others, jealous perhaps? You do not have her beauty, brains and money, so you make stuff up to make you feel better. Pathetic, but that just proves what a loser you are.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  255. j0nx

    The hot broads are always bat$h1t crazy. Goes with the territory unfortunately.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BethTX

      See, J0nx, that's why you should give butt-ugly chicks like me a chance. We may look like a cat's ass, but we never have to check into loony bins. Or a fat chick. Try pork diving this weekend.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  256. yostev

    I have BiPolar I and i can tell you that for me,its really no joke.Its serious enough that the pharmacutical company that makes the medication i am prescribed gives it to me for free because i am uninsured.Gradiosity, delusions, and many other symptoms related to mania can ruin a life so i say good for her....

    April 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Mark

    Interesting.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  258. tbrown17

    Good for her. She's got some class to acknowledge her problems and seek help. She and her entire family must be under tremendous strain.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Jim

    Well now...wasn't that productive thread?

    April 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Astonished

    I can't believe the infantile level of the comments on this post. The majority of you should go back to your trailer parks and turn TMZ back on.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  261. r

    Smart, reflective, creative people often go crazy at times. I glad she sought help. I wish her and her family well.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Ladyblahblah

    "At that age"? I didn't realize women commonly had menopause at 41. You may want to read up on biology unless they've banned that subject in Texas along with evolution.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrom

      Y is it ignorant people like you have to bring up stupidity when they talk, maybe we should send people like you who let the babble run freely out of their mouths to a clinic as well.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Bookenz

    She's only 41.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Jacob32

    If you want to know what really causes depression, read The Theorem by Douglas Arone. It is a medical conspiracy to cover it up!

    April 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Kevin

    I have Bipolar III.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Carol

    Well, she's had an up close & personal look at bipolar disorder, since Michael Douglas' deceased brother Eric had it. If she also has a form of bipolar disorder, poor children of hers & Michaels, for whom bipolar disorder especially will "run in the family".

    April 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  267. sheenius

    She should try the drug I'm on, its called Charlie Sheen. I'm a total freakin rock star from Mars and I'm bi-winning!

    April 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      some of the comments I read on this board have me rolling around in my chair..laughing my head off. Humor is good. It heals. No harm said, simply silly stuff and d... entertaining.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Tigress

      And I am sure you have that tigers blood too! LOL. Thanks for the laugh among all the cruel posts.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Erm

    So....where did you get your PhD in Psychiatry, again?

    April 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Big Buck

    Looks like most people really don't care what bi-polar is. I just came here to see pictures of KZJ and stayed for the jibberish.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Amanda

    I think I'm actually more offended by the "less severe than bipolar I" line in the article than I am by all the million monkeys with their million typewriters who decide to diagnose people they don't know with words they can't spell.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  271. gwenz

    Looks like most of the people here don't really know what bipolar or menopause truly is, let alone make any worthwhile comments.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Jannynet

    I've sort of walked in her shoes in 2002 & 2003. 3 surgeries on my man with chemo and radiation for 2 different types of cancer. We try to be so strong and at some point we need a rest, just to get our energy back. I can't imagine having to go through it with youngsters. It doesn't matter how much money, the mental strain is horrendous but he's still with me.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  273. AmericanGirl

    With all do respect, "Who cares"?!?

    April 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shocked

      With all due respect, many people care. Just because you came here to skim an article about a celebrity with serious medical issues in order to post this futile attempt at humor, doesn't mean there aren't real people who empathize with others. "AmericanGirl" is fitting – way to mold the sterotype so well. Why do you read CNNEntertainment if you are going to post asinine comments like this. Sure, there are people in the world in more precarious situations, but your coming here to poke fun at another human's medical issues is appalling.

      April 14, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  274. Dean

    clepto, you don't know what you're talking about.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Nina

    I just can't believe you are people!!! Google it! Get yourself inform!
    I admire for her coming out about her bipolar disorder.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Superhiro

      Yea! Just google it! Cuz EVERYTHING on the internet is true right?

      April 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Superhiro thats funny given that you think CNN gave an accurate description of the disorder!

      April 14, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • It's Real

      I am ashamed and saddened by some of the comments I see here. I also know from experience that the stigma and skepticism surrounding mental illness is very real. My mother is bipolar and I have major depression, PTSD and panic disorder. We have both lost jobs and friends due to our illnesses. I am still struggling very much with my illness but my mother is doing great. I was misdiagnosed for several years.

      @Superhiro- Yes, she has been under a lot of stress recently. Would you say that you would check yourself into a mental health clinic if you had gone through the same thing? If you are not suffering from a diagnosed mental illness. you probably would not.

      There is a forgotten component in most of the comments I see here. I may as well bring it up. There is this thing called a 'trigger' that greatly exacerbated her condition. Her husband was very ill. She may have stopped taking care of herself when all of this happened. That is fairly common for most people when they have a spouse who is suffering. In her case, it's dangerous to go untreated too long. Bipolar can kill. Major depression and PTSD can kill.

      I am upset that more people do not take this issue seriously and I sure hope they do not have to experience the hell that is mental illness.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  276. burp mcgavin

    What a load of rubbish, feeling and looking forward to making movies never leads to a stay at a mental hospital! She's obviously seriously disturbed..shame hope she gets help she needs.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Ed

    I have Bipolar I – and it's VERY REAL. Thanks to my medications (Prozac and Depakote) I'm fully functional. She'll get meds that will stabilize her within days (or at most a few weeks).

    April 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Disgusted

    Speaking of needing treatment for mental disorders, take a look below.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banshee

      41 is not too young to begin menopause. I started then but was told by idiot doctors that I was too young. Three years later my monthly cycles stopped. Same with my sisters. I had been treated for depression all my life but going through menopause made it pure hell. It's smart of Catherine to seek help and not suffer needlessly. I'm not a doctor and I'm not qualified to comment on her condition but bipolar disorder is real and people do suffer. They can also get better, thank God.

      April 14, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  279. Keithia

    hmm shes menopausel and psycho because why she checked into treatment i notice how thats the mens view but if it were any of you it'd be different and did you guys get your phd from

    April 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tanker

      @wow. Get off your high horse, and actually contribute to this post like me. Don't just come and criticize. Loser. Poser. Idiot.

      April 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      @wow. You're not speaking for all of us wow. If you want something don't drag us all into it.

      April 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bookenz

      41 is a little young for menopause.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • sue

      You are a pathetic person. Leave ME out of your equation, please. The other writer is right, you are a loser, poser and just plain out mean.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Gigi

    Shame on all of you. As someone who has gone through a partner with a terrible disease I can tell you that it affects the family as much as the patient. Kudos to her for addressing her problems, I wish her the very best.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Superhiro

    Yea... I've never really recognized that as being a real disease. It just seems like a normal emotional reaction to events around them. Calling it a disease implies that people should never feel that way regardless of their personal emotional situation.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrisa Hickey

      You're seriously lucky not to know anyone with it. Not to have a friend or family member that has mood swings so severe they have attempted suicide multiple times. Not to have a child that cries and wishes they would die because they can't handle the severe depression.

      You can say you don't believe it's a real illness, but that doesn't make your belief true.

      April 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Superhiro

      Lol great responses. @chrisa, I certainly believe that depression is real, but what I'm saying is that if you're depressed, it doesn't mean that you're "bipolar" or you have a "disease" chances are, if you're depressed, there's a perfectly valid reason why you're depressed, meaning you don't need to be "cured" and aren't actually afflicted by any sickness. It's just people think that the moment they feel depressed, that they have some sort of illness. THAT is what I'm saying isn't real, the notion that depression is a sickness.

      April 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • RW

      It's brain chemistry. Measurable, treatable.

      These disorders aren't some buzz words, they're absolutely real. And no, a good kick in the ass won't fix it. How 1950s of you.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • RW

      @Superhiro: Responding to your second dumb post in the thread. No, depression can be purely the result of altered brain chemistry and have absolutely nothing, NOTHING, to do with some "perfectly valid reason" to be depressed.

      I'm wondering if you yell at Alzheimers patients so you can get them to think "rationally" as well.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • bipolar 1

      Superhiro, you've got no idea what you're talking about or the damage you do by saying such things. I was diagnosed as Bipolar in college and they wanted to put me on meds so I walked. I told myself it was junk and that there was nothing wrong with me. I continued to suffer mood swings and outbursts but I thought it was normal – just the way I was. I spent years suffering and losing things because of my swings. Then I went full blown manic and it nearly cost me my family and my life.

      Despite it all, me wanting to run away, becoming delusional, and general thinking up was down and down was up, my SO hung on - barely. He didn't know what was going on but after months of being manic, I went into a mixed stage (pure h3ll). One night, I wailed and balled wishing myself dead nothing could calm me. He made me promise to talk about it to the doctor and reluctantly I did. I knew if I didn't that I would die – I would find a way.

      The medicine brought me back to life. Within days, I could think again – my mind had been in such a whirlwind that I couldn't think on any subject for more than a minute and I couldn't get through simple news articles and I'm a writer! It gave me, me again. It didn't cure me or get rid of all of my symptoms but it gave me a measure of control over my own mind and emotions that I didn't have and would NOT have had without the medicine.

      Unfortunately for me, I waited so long to get help that my prognosis isn't as great as it would've been had I gotten treatment when I was first diagnosed. Believing the lies about not needing help and fake illnesses cost me dearly in terms of the progressive nature of the illness and the damage I've done to my friends, my family, my life. Things I can't undo and things they didn't have to suffer if I'd gotten treatment.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeSlo

      You want proof...I've got a medical file about 2 inches. All surrounding depression/panic disorder. Yes, there is such a thing as just being depressed about 1 thing or another and it goes away, but there are also very real chemical brain disorders that can be very successfully treated with medication.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lacy

      I see all the stigma on the board for mental illness and it makes me grateful that Ms. Zeta Jones is helping to smash those misconceptions by going public with her disorder! One day mental illnesses will be better understood by the masses (I hope). I have clinical depression – which can get pretty severe – and I'll be damned if I'll be ashamed of it. It's an illness like diabetes or cancer...would I be ashamed of those?

      April 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Superhiro

      I hope so too, because right now a lot of people are shelling out big cash for pills designed to treat a naturally occurring emotion. Especially in mrs jones' case where the source of her depression is quite natural and obvious in her husbands cancer

      April 13, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      @Superhiro – Do you live in a hole? The brain (your body's control center) contains chemicals and those chemicals fluctuate; thus, causing the body to act in different ways (depression, manic, or hypomanic, in this case). These chemicals must be balanced in order to keep the person safe from self harm or harm to others.

      Next time you choose to comment, be sure you actually know what you're talking about rather than relying on ignorance. 

      April 13, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Bipolar II is not a "disease," but it is a very real disorder. Have a look at the DSM-IV-TR, and if that doesn't sway you, give the APA a call. Good for her for checking in. One step closer to lowering the stigma on mental disorders.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Superhiro

      Lol, yes I'll try to take into account the responsibilities of posting on a CNN blog next time I post :P

      April 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • trollsrbad

      just another troll. sociopath. It's disgusting and if you knew the horror this real chemical imbalance causes to individuals and their families – and if you were capable of empathy or compassion, you would be truly ashamed.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Danna

      sillyhiro ~ you. have. no. idea. what. you. are. talking. about. I suppose your family has "eccentricities" but no mental illness. mental illness is generally very complex and have to do with the brain. you know, that organ YOU do NOT seem to possess. or if you do, you sure do not know how to exercise it!! try a little research before you sound like a buffoon. your comments are an insult to the entire mental health community. so all therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists are quacks? all the research over the years is what? fiction?

      equally if not more so insulting to those who struggle daily with a mental illness. shame on you.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      From your description it's clear that you don't actually understand what the disease, bipolar, actually is. So your assessment of it's validity is meaningless. A disease is simply a condition that is harmful or impairs normal functioning. If something is Impeding healthy functioning, then it is worth treating.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Nicole- just as you argue that we should fight the stigma against mental illness, we should fight the stigma against the word 'disease.' THere is no shame in using the words disease or disorder. Bipolarism is caused by pathology and it prevents normal functioning- it's most definitely a disease.

      April 14, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • gabluefox

      I guess you see postpartum depression as the same. Well, sorry, it is a diesase. We have the feelings and know them and try to curb it, but their is no mental strength to stop it. Medicine helps us control feelings. Brooke Shields went through this. Do you think she didn't have a problem? Get a clue!

      April 14, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • MedicalStudent

      The physiology and neurobiological findings in recent research (past two decades) on bipolar disorder, depression, and other mood disorders proves that they are not "normal".

      Go do a quick pubmed search on serotonin, norepinepherine, and dopamine in mood disorders and you will be amazed.

      Now stop sounding ignorant and spreading false information, belittling the diseases of others.

      April 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • MedicalStudent

      Also, the mood swings of bipolar disorder are nothing like the "natural" emotion of depression.

      Your logic regarding what is "natural" is also childish and exhibits a complete lack of education I would have expected from someone so ignorantly willing to belittle real diseases.

      There are "natural" ways to have high blood pressure, it becomes pathological when it occurs outside the realm of normal physiology.

      Similarly, sadness, depression and anger are normal emotions, however if CZJ has been diagnosed with Bipolar II tha

      If you ever meet someone in a manic phase of bipolar it will quickly become evident that this is not normal behavior. Bipolar I disorder, which is the more severe form of the disease, can even lead to psychosis similar to that of schizophrenia (in fact a severe mania can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from schizophrenia on examination alone, it's the patient history that actually distinguishes the two)

      April 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Attila

    All jokes aside...Dealing with all that happened in their life, all of us might have a problem of that kind! Wish her/them best!

    April 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Chrisa Hickey

    Bravo for Catherine for having the courage to first, get help, and second, publicize her mental health condition. The comments above – perfect example as to why many, many people with mental health conditions either never get help, or never talk about it. The stigma of being called a "psycho" or some other derogatory term.

    Just because she's never talked about her condition in public before doesn't mean she hasn't been diagnosed with it for years. Applaud her for getting treatment. Applaud her for helping break the stigma by announcing it.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Schuyler

      Well said. I've always been a fan of hers. she's a classy and talented lady.

      April 14, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  284. Myself

    Hi – there is such a thing called Bipolar II and it's very real. She might be a stuck up Hollywood lady but she can still suffer from the same mental illnesses as "real" people. And it's not just "menopause".. grow up.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat in IL

      Thank you, Myself. Finally a voice of reason and compassion, instead of some of the drivel that has been posted here.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  285. mejazzbo

    Good for you. If you need help, seek it out. The folks who scare me are the ones you see everyday. Obvious they need treatment but are in denial.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sardukar

      Yes agree...NYC tends to do that to the people...

      April 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • oldguy

      Clepto and Tony: In the middle of irritable mood swings are we?...

      April 13, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • sammy zoso

      That's right. It's the "normal" ones you need to look out for, the ones packing heat and have a twitch in their finger.

      April 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      BethTX, it's not just mood swings. It's major depression hypomania.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Oops, major depression and hypomania.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • SSampson

      Contrary to popular belief.... and Law & Order episodes – Bipolar does not mean that one runs through the streets with an axe... It can be a dreadful thing to endure.

      Luckily I am known enough in my profession I can excel during my manic periods and make enough money to survive the depression... My cycle is a long one – I can focus extremely well for perhaps 6 months at a time and make enough to carry me for what can sometimes be 2 years or more. And that is ON medication.

      I could balance things out even more – trust me i have tried – but unfortunately any major shift in dosage or medication type tends to put me in a total haze...

      Those that think that mental illness is a joke because you can't 'see' the damage don't have a clue. The impact on every aspect of your life is massive. If I didn't have a family that cared; if i didn't have a family that I could never hurt... I frankly wouldn't be here right now.

      This illness can kill. It can kill at much higher rates than other illnesses that we donate millions to in order to find cures. I am not saying that to lessen other illnesses, but currently this is one that lasts for life – every day – every hour – for life.

      April 14, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Bipolar is hardly another trendy illness you idiot. Do you know anything about mental illness? No? well shut up then. Id like to see how you would cope with a mental illness. I have people in my family with mental illness and believe me its not a laughing matter you assh*le! I hate when people talk about mental illness as if its just a fantasy to get attention no its REAL and i hope one day you experience it or someone in your family does then you will know the true reality of it. Maybe you should go and study it a little.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Caveman

      Bi polar disorder stems directly from the power of self-control. If you are vividly aware of what you are doing, and when you are doing it, then you have control. If you are unaware that you are doing these things, that is called "insanity".

      April 14, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Iman Azol

      I'd like to vote for all above respondents to be given therapy.

      April 14, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Linton

      It's too bad the Republicans want to cut funding for mental health treatment for those who cannot afford it – yet they say they're standing up for all Americans?
      I guess it's great to check yourself in to tretment IF you ahve money – otherwise, tea peeps couldn't care less about your mental health.

      April 14, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • mskoko

      I know that's right!!! I know someone right now that has these mood swings and swears its everyone else. Its you honey!!! Stop blaming everyone else and take some meds.

      April 14, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • roomMate

      Where's she being treated? I'd like to be her roommate! lol

      April 14, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • MadCityBabe

      oh yeah, it's so easy for Zeta-Jones to simply checkin to a facility..............she has the luxury of not working a regular work week and money is no object, has staff to deal with her kids....blah, blah.......all her other responsibilities can be delegated away while she takes time off

      April 14, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Marney

      I have seen many Michael Douglas films. War of the Roses comes to mind when I think of Caterine Zeta-Jones. Don't think that actors don't get caught up in their roles. He annoys me too, and I'm not married to him. Devorce him and get out before he becomes a nut case and tries to kill you.

      April 14, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • MrBo

      If you mean to say that people who suffer bipolar disorder and don't seek out help are in denial you have absolutely no idea what bipolar disorder does to those peoples' minds.
      Unfortunately, people with severe bipolar disorder and are in a manic phase cannot really seek help because in their minds they are actually better than fine. This is an ailment where the people need friends and family to make them get help.

      April 14, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • bam

      not sure how any americans get to work daily due to all the MEDS they take to cure their lifes ailments

      April 14, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • L in NE

      To Beth TX, as the husband of a mate that suffers from bipolar, your comments are just ignorant and offensive. Please do yourself a favor and study the illness, what the sufferer, the spouses and children endure. Bipolar isn't just some trendy illness for starlets with movies coming out. It is real, it is horrible, and people with mental illness should be encouraged and applauded for getting help and not ridiculed or chastised.

      April 14, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheeple

      Sheeple wake up! Psychology/Psychiatry is a racket. If you have to check *yourself* in because you think you are crazy then guess what..your not crazy!..Crazy people aren't aware they are crazy...The mental health industry is about control of a society and it's also a business. It's either to get you to do lifelong sessions or get you dependent on drugs. Yes they do have people with mental issues who are a danger to themselves or others but you can spot those people from a mile away without a 4 year degree! Don't forget that gay and transgenderism was considered a psychological disorder(because at the time society did not approve of it) but with enough lobbying and pressure they got it removed..

      April 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • framous

      There is nothing flattering about BiPolar. To those who do not understand it (like me before I was diagnosed by two different Psychiatrist), it's scary when you know you have it, much scarier when you don't know that you do. It affects all classes, all walks of life. It requires taking medication (not the fun stuff that at least provides a "high") that is strong and sometimes dangerous (usually a mood stabilizer in the order of an anti-convulsant drug used also for Epilepsy). Even people with mild to moderate depression cannot understand true manic depression. It's a chemical imbalance that sometimes begins as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children (ADHD being a separate but frequent component to BP, especially if ADHD is left undiagnosed and untreated. 60% of children with ADHD will carry the disorder into adulthood, whether treated or not. I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 6yrs old, and I was a classic case. Ritalin was prescribed, and for the two years I was treated with the drug, things were relatively normal in my behavior and ability to focus, concentrate and learn easily. Once removed from the medication, I was, and have been throughout my adult life to date, and until just recently, challenged by both ADHD (and in my case) and it's ugly friend, BiPolar. I never appreciated or understood either disorder until I finally got myself professional help when my manic ups (which made me super productive) became mostly manic depression. We all have or will have something that challenges us medically at some point...it's a natural progression, but treat what you can and take care of yourself. Most of all, be respectful of others and their plights, we all have those don't we.

      April 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Of course she has bipolar dissorder....its a genetic part of being female.

      April 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • relax Tony

      Tony, relax, dear. She never stated she lives in your neighborhood or hangs out with the likes of you. Basically it is a very clear post. A lot of people with mental disorders fail to take meds, they think they are "fine". Those are the ones to be the most worried about. Someone with a illness that recognizes it, and gets help for it are the ones not in denial. For you to reply so cruely tells me you forgot your pills today.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • lalabecca

      true, ture. and to the person whom replied to you, no, not everyone has "bi polar", BUT, everyone DOES have some level of some kind of mental problem, etc. we are not perfect beings.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Rachel

    I seriously doubt it. She's had an incredible amount of stress on her shoulders the past year or so. Give the poor woman a break by trying to diagnose her.

    Oh, and while you're at it, grow up.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Mamalina

    What's your medical degree, genius? As a professional, I see every day the difference between a phase of bad moods, and a real depression/bipolar, and that difference is vast and palpable. Good on her for recognizing it and taking care of it before she became dependent on uppers or downers. I respect h so much for having a healthy lifestyle, being by her husband's side through his horrible illness, and always keeping a smile on for the public. No amount of fame and glamour can shield her from some of the life's hardship, and she deals with it like the rest of us.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  288. JD

    Dean, you are not her doctor so you wouldn't know.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  289. JD

    No one feels sorry for you either. Bi-polar is real but treatable with proper meds. You're just a hopeless idiot with no cure.

    April 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  290. B Smith

    Dont speak for the rest of us,,some of you have no clue..and need to volunteer at your local Mental Health Association,,Tomorrow it could be you,,it could already be you!

    April 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  291. As Usual

    True, but haven't you noticed it is utterly impossible to have an Entertainment story on an arguably attractive female without a good percentage of the males logging in just to say they would or would not "do" her?

    April 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  292. LOL

    Good one! The posts are the best thing about the story!

    April 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Matt T

    Have you been ignorant all your life, or just today ?

    April 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |

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