Catherine Zeta-Jones Seeks Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

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Donna Ward/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Catherine Zeta-Jones has checked into a health care facility for what reports is treatment for her bipolar disorder.

A rep for the actress tells ABC News, “Catherine has proactively checked into a health care facility.  Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner.”

TMZ reports the actress entered a treatment center on Monday to begin a 30-day program.

A bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy and activity levels, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Though not easily recognizable at first, symptoms can include extreme changes in energy, sleep and behavior during distinct periods called “mood episodes.”

While there is no cure for bipolar disorder, it can be effectively treated, according to the NIMH website. Mood changes, however, can still occur even with proper treatment, which can include medication and psychotherapy.  NIMH says that consistent work with a doctor to facilitate open discussion about patient concerns and choices often boosts treatment effectiveness.

Zeta-Jones previously sought treatment for the condition in spring 2011. Her rep released a statement at the time saying the star, “made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II disorder.”
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