Published April 13, 2011
“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,” the rep said in a statement. “She’s feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films.”
The 41-year-old actress spent about five days in the facility, People reports.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that affects an estimated 6 million Americans. It is traditionally marked by elevated moods, followed by alternating periods of depression. Those afflicted with bipolar II tend to have bouts of depression, where mood swings last longer and the elevated moods are less dramatic.
“There’s no question it’s been a stressful year,” a friend of the actress tells People. “Catherine has had to deal with Michael’s illness and that’s been hard. She went in for a few days because she’s about to start working, and wanted to make sure she’s in top form, which she is.”
Zeta-Jones and Douglas have two children, Dylan, 10, and Carys, 7.
Douglas, 66, recently announced that he is free of cancer of six months of chemotherapy and radiation.