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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: 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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Comment from: justadad, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 11

Hi Confused, I just read this today. I hope you are still following this site. I feel some of your helplessness. Hang in there! We have someone in our family about your age with bipolar disorder, who is also getting angrier. I only have some suggestions you"ve probably read a million times, regular rest, eat healthy and exercise. Please don"t use cannabis. It won"t help. Also if you could get some thorough testing on blood, all those pH balances, amino acids and all that stuff. Maybe there is a clue in there somewhere. You"re not alone.

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Comment from: dma318, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 18

I have bi-polar disorder. I have been on so many different pills I can't count anymore. I was on Abilify and was doing wonderful. Then my insurance wouldn't pay for it anymore without prior approval. So now we just try the Zoloft.

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Comment from: Yahoo, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 01

Bipolar disorder is only helped if you get a functional MD to test for your body's imbalances and your amino acid deficiencies. My wife was diagnosed as bipolar and we found out she was lacking five amino acids and three were below normal. She has been drug free for three years now, but she is on an amino acid supplement mixture that is formulated just for her. It is working well. She also has 83 food allergies that also have an effect on her emotions. We found all of this out when she was diagnosed with an H. pylori infection. If you have bipolar disorder, get tested to see what your body is lacking because all the drugs that are mood stabilizers don't work. They are just a band aid they will work sometimes but you will have to change meds just like a band aid. The meds would help my wife for a few months and then they would stop working. She was on every one out there. After realizing the facts we had to fix the problem and stop using band aid drugs.

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Comment from: confused, 25-34 Female Published: October 15

I am a 28 yr old female I am manic depressive, bipolar, PSTD, and syncopic (I hear voices) my anger has been getting worse harder to face everyday I need help pills don't help I am a self medicator I smoke cannabis. I can't function I have started to have panic attacks more often than ever before I am become more afraid and more angry as I get older The most recent med. I was given was Remeron 30 MG at night it only helped for about 3 weeks then I was back where I started I just want to be normal I feel like such an outsider even with my own friends more and more what can I do?

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