Catherine Zeta-Jones in treatment for bipolar disorder

05:00 AM, Apr 30, 2013

Michael Douglas and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones at a gala in New York on April 22. Jim Spellman WireImage/


Written By by Maria Puente, USA TODAY

It’s not easy being famous and coping with a chronic medical disorder, so Catherine Zeta-Jones deserves a shout-out. She’s back in treatment for her bipolar disorder, People is reporting today.

TMZ earlier reported she went back into treatment Monday for about 30 days.

Her rep, Cece Yorke, told People that Zeta-Jones had checked herself into a health-care facility to better manage her medication for her condition, which causes sharp mood swings and periods of dangerous depression.

An anonymous source explained that Zeta-Jones, 43, is between projects so this was a good time to check in for what had always been part of her plan for monitoring her mental health.

Zeta-Jones announced in 2011 that she had bipolar disorder and spent some time in a mental-health facility in Connecticut being treated. Since then she’s been remarkably open in talking about it, hopeful that it would diminish the stigma and also inspire some of the millions of other people who have the disorder to seek treatment.

Meanwhile, the Oscar-winning actress has gone on with her public life, appearing on magazine covers and working on films. Her latest is the sequel, Red 2, out July 19 and co-starring Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren.

She was seen last week with her husband, actor Michael Douglas, when they attended a gala in New York honoring Barbra Streisand. Douglas was alone, however, when he was a guest at the White House Correspondents Association dinner on Saturday in Washington, when President Obama himself gave him a shout-out in his speech.