The whole world knows that Catherine Zeta-Jones has been helping her husband Michael in his battle with stage 4 throat cancer. The good news is that he has won his fight with the cancer. Now Catherine has confirmed that she has been seeking treatment for bipolar II disorder says a representative for her. “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.”
In a recent Oprah interview Douglas said, “Indeed, dealing with a health problem of that magnitude is “very hard. My son’s in federal prison and my ex-wife is suing me. Of course it’s hard for the wife to say that she’s depressed.”
According to the Mayo Clinic bipolar II disorder is less severe than bipolar I disorder. It causes irritability and mood swings occurring as often as several times a day, or as seldom as a few times a year. Douglas told Winfrey that he wasn’t aware of what his wife was struggling with the disorder. “She’s Welsh,” he explained. “The Welsh, it’s all stiff upper lip and not letting your feelings show. That probably played a big part of it,” he said. “She’s got to be stoic and deal with all this stuff I’m going through.” Now that he’s cancer-free – the actor recently went for a check-up and was in the clear – she’s been able to “relax,” he said.
The 66-year-old star added that he’s proud of his wife, who’s doing well. “She’s great, she’s shooting a movie down in Louisiana, and I think she’s relieved that she has a better understanding of bipolar II,” Douglas said.
In light of the issues his family has faced, Douglas added that he’s moving on from the experience a changed man. “I know that I’m much, much closer to my friends and family,” he said, choking up a bit. “I have a much deeper appreciation of family and friends.”