Psychiatrist Discusses Catherine Zeta-Jones' Bipolar Disorder

April 14, 2011 By:
Psychiatrist Discusses Catherine Zeta-Jones' Bipolar Disorder

Catherine Zeta Jones made headlines yesterday with a simple announcement that she was getting treated for Bipolar Disorder.

Bipolar Disorder affects about 6 million Americans, and its primary characteristic is depression. Hollyscoop talked to famed psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy, and he shed some light on how Jones will receive treatment.

"[Bipolar Disorder] is treated with a combination of a good diagnosis and medication and therapy," Dr. Sophy told Hollyscoop.

He added that the goal of treatment is "getting it into remission, which translates to mood stability."

Now that her husband has officially beaten cancer, we're hoping achieving that stability will be easier for Catherine.

Dr. Sophy also explained that Bipolar Disorder is genetic, and that although she's been under a great deal of stress, stress isn't what caused it.

"Stress brings it out, but it doesn't cause it," Dr. Sophy told us. "Bipolar is something you are born with."

Catherine was reportedly receiving treatment at Connecticut's Silver City Hospital, but has since checked out. Her rep says this week she'll be working on her two upcoming films. Here's hoping Catherine gets all the help she needs so we can see her shine on the silver screen!