Stress triggers Catherine Zeta-Jones’s bipolar disorder

April 16th, 2011 - 12:21 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, April 15 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Recent announcement by Catherine Zeta-Jones that she suffered bipolar II disorder after coming under stress have got many people wondering if stress could cause the disorder.

Scientists explain that stress in itself cannot cause bipolar II disorder but it could trigger it in genetically vulnerable people.

An assistant director of the Mood Disorders Program at Rhode Island Hospital and a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Brown University, Dr. David Solomon, in an interview with LiveScience.com explained that people who have the illness are in a way vulnerable genetically. He said stress can trigger the condition.

Zeta-Jones has been struggling with her husband’s throat cancer treatment. Michael Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer last year and he successfully underwent chemotherapy. Zeta-Jones explained that the stress associated with the treatment caused her to suffer a dipolar disorder. She has subsequently seen her doctor for help.

The news of Zeta-Jones’ stress-triggered bipolar disorder was broken by her publicist during an interview with NBC’s “Today Show.”

In the United States, about 2.6 percent of the population is believed to have a bipolar disorder. The National Institutes of Health classify most of the cases as severe.

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