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Catherine Zeta-Jones ‘worried about family’

Catherine Zeta-Jones is said to be feeling "guilty" after checking herself into a clinic to deal with her bipolar II disorder for the second time.

The Hollywood actress checked herself into a clinic for the second time last week to help with her bipolar II disorder.

Despite positively embarking on a 30-day programme to deal with her stress, sources say Catherine can't help but feel anxious about putting her husband Michael Douglas and children Dylan and Carys through the ordeal.

"Catherine keeps the disorder in check with medication but stress can cause it to flare up. She'd just wrapped filming for the action movie RED 2 and, on top of taking care of her family and home life, it all just became too much to handle," a source told British magazine Closer.

"Everyone has been supportive, but it doesn't stop Catherine feeling guilty. She doesn't want to upset her children with her erratic behaviour or put Michael through any more stress."

Catherine sought help for her illness in 2011, at the same time Michael was dealing with throat cancer. She has been open about having bipolar II disorder and her representative has insisted her latest spell in treatment is all part of her plan to properly deal with it.

"Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner," her spokesperson Cece Yorke said.

A source added that Catherine is worried about the effect her health worries are having on her husband.

"Catherine worries the stress of her disorder is not good for Michael's health, but he's determined to offer as much support as necessary and never wants her to feel guilty," an insider added. "Michael tries his best to understand and give her space. He's told friends he credits Catherine for his recovery from cancer, saying: 'I'd be dead if it wasn't for her.'"

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