A disorder that affects an estimated 6 million Americans has suddenly seen its profile raised after actress Catherine Zeta-Jones revealed that she has been diagnosed with it, ABC News reports.
Zeta-Jones, 41, revealed that she has bipolar disorder, which apparently was brought on by stress associated with the battle her husband, Michael Douglas, has been fighting with throat cancer. Douglas also has been in a court fight with his first wife over money from the “Wall Street” sequel, which is also cited as a possible factor in Zeta-Jones’ condition.
Bipolar disorder causes mood swings between depression and euphoria, the story says. "It can start at any time in a person’s life and it’s a lifelong illness," said Dr. Igor Galynker, director of the Family Center for Bipolar Disorder at Beth Israel Medical Center.
Zeta-Jones’ diagnosis is reportedly bipolar II, which is characterized by longer depressive phases, the story says.