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A Doctor's View on Catherine Zeta-Jones: A Case of Bipolar II Disorder

Read the Comment by Roxanne Dryden-Edwards, MD

Famous actress Catherine Zeta-Jones put a face on the mental illness of bipolar II disorder when she announced she was seeking treatment in 2011. Bipolar II disorder include symptoms like:

  • mood swings,
  • depression,
  • anxiety, and
  • hypomania
Treatment for Bipolar II disorder includes medication and psychotherapy. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: Bipolar Disorder, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 04

Aged sixty-three, I am a patient of GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), major depression, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, migraine, phobia, insomnia, manic and bipolar disorder. For ten years, I have taken lorazepam, Librium, escitalopram, lots of alprazolam, Libotryp, quetiapine, sertraline, venlafaxine, mirtazapine, amitriptyline and nortriptyline. I am a diabetic and I also suffer from hyperdyslipidemia. During the period, I lacked minimum energy and remained confined to bed most of the time. Since the cause was exogenous more than endogenous and there was no change in the causes, I have now given up taking drugs. I only take sertraline 50mg, Ativan 2mg, mirtazapine 15mg and Librium 25 mg, one each before dinner. I feel better now.

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Comment from: Mrytle, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I am 66 years old and became ill with bipolar in 1973. While raising my children I had many depressions and two psychotic breaks when I had to be hospitalized. However I was not given the diagnosis of bipolar until 1987. There were few effective medications available back then. One hospital I was in (1977) did not believe in giving medications at all. Since 2000 I have been fairly stable with minimum drugs of Depakote, Lamictal, Remeron and Ativan for sleep. I have had a lot of therapy by way of group and individual.

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Comment from: benny81530, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I have bipolar disorder that has controlled my life for many years. I did many things that were risky and out of control. In the last year, I have gotten it under control. The main thing I did to change it was to quit taking Klonopin, as it only added to my manic episodes. I did this by myself. Soon after I quit taking it, I began to realize that I had to get my bipolar mania under control. My doctor gave me Geodon along with my other medications, and it has worked well. I now take lithium 300 mg, two times a day; trazadone 100 mg, two times a day; Geodon 80 mg, three times a day; and Effexor 150 mg, once a day. For more than a year now, I have been feeling real good with no manic episodes. I take my medications faithfully and continue to see my doctor every month. Whatever you do, don't stop taking your medication thinking that you don't need it.

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Comment from: james, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I have been on Invega Sustenna medication for 6 months and feel suicidal and high anxiety. I have bipolar and am being treated for schizophrenia, nurses think another medication is going to make me better when the medication I am on now is wrong for me. There are too many side effects so I am going off my medicines, this will make me feel better. I like it better being in a mania than having these side effects, doctors do not care what they give you as long as you do not cause trouble. They don"t care if I feel awful, but I do, so I am stopping the medications.

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