Academy-Award winning actress Catherine Zeta- Jones has voluntarily checked herself into a hospital for treatment of her bipolar disorder.
This is Zeta-Jones’s second hospitalization for the disease. The first was 2 years ago, when she revealed that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 2. At that time, she had been dealing with a lot of stress, not the least of which was her husband, Michael Douglas’s fight with Stage 4 throat cancer.
Publicist Cece Yorke announced that:
Catherine has proactively checked into a healthcare facility. Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner.
We’ve previously covered other aspects of bipolar disorder:
So a little bit about treatment seems in order.
To date, there is no cure for bipolar disorder. But proper treatment helps most people with bipolar disorder gain better control of their mood swings and related symptoms.This is even true for people with the most severe forms of the illness.
Because bipolar disorder is a lifelong and recurrent illness, people with the disorder need long-term treatment to maintain control of bipolar symptoms. An effective maintenance treatment plan includes medication and psychotherapy for preventing relapse and reducing symptom severity.
Bipolar disorder can be diagnosed and medications prescribed by people with an M.D. (doctor of medicine), usually a psychiatrist. Not everyone responds to medications in the same way. Several different medications may need to be tried before the best course of treatment is found.
Mood stabilizing medications are usually the first choice to treat bipolar disorder. In general, people with bipolar disorder continue treatment with mood stabilizers for years.
Except for lithium, many of these medications are anticonvulsants. Anticonvulsant medications are usually used to treat seizures, but they also help control moods. These medications are commonly used as mood stabilizers in bipolar disorder:
Antipsychotic medications are sometimes used to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder. Often, these medications are taken with other medications.
Antidepressant medications are sometimes used to treat symptoms of depression in bipolar disorder. People with bipolar disorder who take antidepressants often take a mood stabilizer too. Doctors usually require this because taking only an antidepressant can increase a person’s risk of switching to mania or hypomania, or of developing rapid cycling symptoms. To prevent this switch, doctors who prescribe antidepressants for treating bipolar disorder also usually require the person to take a mood-stabilizing medication at the same time.
In addition to medication, psychotherapy, or “talk” therapy, can be an effective treatment for bipolar disorder. It can provide support, education, and guidance to people with bipolar disorder and their families. Some psychotherapy treatments used to treat bipolar disorder include:
Successful management of bipolar disorder also includes living a healthier lifestyle:
Hospital based treatments can be done an an inpatient or outpatient basis. As Bipolar Disorder I tends to be more severe, hospitalization is more common than for Bipolar Disorder II.
It is especially important for patients after suicide attempts, or for those with suicidal thoughts. Never ignore comments about a friend or relative harming himself or herself.
Hospital based treatments can also be used for periods of medication adjustments.
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