Catherine Zeta Jones Bipolar: Other Celeb Moms Who Had Mental Illness

Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones spent five days in mental health facility

Catherine Zeta-Jones spent five days in a mental health facility for treatment of bipolar disorder.

“After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her bipolar II disorder,” a rep said in a statement.  “She’s feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films.”

Here are four other celebrity moms who have dealt with mental illness:

Before Halle Berry was a mom, she attempted suicide with carbon monoxide poisoning, as she told Parade, after her marriage to baseball star David Justice crumbled and depression set in. Berry has stated publicly that she was so depressed after her breakup with Justice that she considered taking her own life but she could not bear the thought of her mother finding her body.

Brooke Shields put postpartum depression front and center in 2005 when Tom Cruise criticized her use of antidepressants after the birth of her daughter Rowan.  Shield talks frankly about her extreme, sometimes suicidal, feelings in Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression.

“If I had been diagnosed with any other disease, I would have run to get help. I would have worn it like a badge,” Shields told People magazine. “I didn’t at first—but finally I did fight. I survived.”

Britney Spears
Britney Spears

Britney Spears may have suffered from bipolar disorder and postpartum depression for quite some time, according to her family and friends.

People magazine managing editor Peter Castro once said: “The only thing that’s unanimous in this whole thing is that everyone is in agreement that Britney leaving the hospital so soon was an absolute, colossal mistake and very destructive on her part.”

 He added that family and friends believed she was mentally ill.  “Sources very close to the family told ‘People’ magazine over the weekend that they believe that Britney has been suffering from bipolar disorder for a very long time, also postpartum depression,” he said.

Jane Pauley, formerly of The Today Show and Dateline, Has spoken spoke publicly about her experience with bipolar disorder and Pauley is married to Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, and they have three children: twins Ross and Rachel, born in 1983, and Thomas, born in 1986. 

“The thing about my experience that I probably remember most vividly, is that your self-perception is yanked out from under you and then you’re left with no self perception at all,” said Pauley.