14 April 2011

Catherine Zeta-Jones Goes to Rehab to Treate Bipolar Disorder

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Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones,41 entered a mental health facility to seek treatment for bipolar II disorder, according to the actress representative.

The source tells People Magazine that Catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility after dealing with the stress of the past year. The rep says in a statement, "She's feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films."

SEE ALSO: Catherine the Great starring Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Wedding photo with Michael Douglas, 18 Nov. 2000
What is bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder also known as manic depression. Unlike ordinary mood swings, the mood changes of bipolar disorder are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function. It causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior–from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. More than just a fleeting good or bad mood, the cycles of bipolar disorder last for days, weeks, or months.

Signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder can look very different in different people. The symptoms vary widely in their pattern, severity, and frequency.

There are four types of mood episodes in bipolar disorder: mania, hypomania, depression, and mixed episodes. Each type of bipolar disorder mood episode has a unique set of symptoms.
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Catherine Zeta-Jones at this year's Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills

Common signs and symptoms of mania include:
  • Feeling unusually “high” and optimistic OR extremely irritable
  • Unrealistic, grandiose beliefs about one’s abilities or powers
  • Sleeping very little, but feeling extremely energetic
  • Talking so rapidly that others can’t keep up
  • Racing thoughts; jumping quickly from one idea to the next
  • Highly distractible, unable to concentrate
  • Impaired judgment and impulsiveness
  • Acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences
  • Delusions and hallucinations (in severe cases)
Hypomania symptoms

Hypomania is a less severe form of mania. People in a hypomanic state feel euphoric, energetic, and productive, but they are able to carry on with their day-to-day lives and they never lose touch with reality. To others, it may seem as if people with hypomania are merely in an unusually good mood. However, hypomania can result in bad decisions that harm relationships, careers, and reputations. In addition, hypomania often escalates to full-blown mania or is followed by a major depressive episode.

Common symptoms of bipolar depression include:
  • Feeling hopeless, sad, or empty.
  • Irritability
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Physical and mental sluggishness
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Sleep problems
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

RELATED: Why Am I Still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder

Signs and symptoms of a mixed episode

A mixed episode of bipolar disorder features symptoms of both mania or hypomania and depression. Common signs of a mixed episode include depression combined with agitation, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, distractibility, and racing thoughts. This combination of high energy and low mood makes for a particularly high risk of suicide.

Treatment for bipolar disorder
Diagnosing the problem as early as possible and getting into treatment can help prevent these complications. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away; in fact, it will almost certainly get worse. Living with untreated bipolar disorder can lead to problems in everything from your career to your relationships to your health.

5 Self-help for bipolar disorder

1. Get educated. Learn as much as you can about bipolar disorder. The more you know, the better you’ll be at assisting your own recovery.

2. Keep stress in check. Avoid high-stress situations, maintain a healthy work-life balance, and try relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing.

3. Seek support. It’s important to have people you can turn to for help and encouragement. Try joining a support group or talking to a trusted friend.

4. Make healthy choices. Healthy sleeping, eating, and exercising habits can help stabilize your moods. Keeping a regular sleep schedule is particularly important.

5. Monitor your moods. Keep track of your symptoms and watch for signs that your moods are swinging out of control so you can stop the problem before it starts.

Read more about The different faces of bipolar disorder

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  2. Hello, Bipolar is a very sad infliction.. my heart goes out to all those who suffer. I didn't think it was nice for the media to focus on Catherine.. There are many more Bipolars in the spot light. Our own Mel Gibson is one, and I could name more.. I have also blogged on this in my Health Issues Blog. You have given much more information than I on the symptoms and such (WELL DONE!!!!...
    However, as a professional I also love to use natural therapy whenever possible. You may be interesed in looking at my Blog and listening to the wonderful testimony of a sufferer who has overcome through vitamin and mineral suppliments.
    Blessings to you.
    Sr Crystal Mary

  3. Nice to hear a point of view from a professional. Thanks for stopping by. Join my other follower,Mary. And you can participate in the discussion forum as well.


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