Medical Minute: Bipolar Disorder

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 43, returned home to her New York City apartment today after dropping her daughter off at school this morning. This is the first photo of Zeta-Jones since her much-publicized admission to a facility for treatment of bipolar disorder.

Her husband, Michael Douglas, described Zeta-Jones's admission to the facility as "a 10,000 mile check-up."

Zeta-Jones revealed her diagnosis exclusively to People magazine in July 2011. "This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them," she told the magazine.

So what is bipolar disorder, you ask?

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If you're confused by the findings of Michael Jackson's autopsy report, you're not the only one. Something doesn't add up. So I'm going to wait until the official report comes out before I jump to conclusions.

Aaccording to the search warrant affidavit filed in Houston and published yesterday on TMZ.com, Jackson died with "a lethal amount" of the sedative Propofol (Diprivan) in his system. Yet the same report goes on to say that Dr. Murray administered only 25mg of Propofol IV to Jackson, which amounts to an equivalent of about 5 teaspoons or less than 1.5 tablespoons of medicine. In other words, that amount is nowhere near lethal.

The report also claims Dr. Murray gave Jackson IV Ativan. I can't ever recall giving a patient IV Ativan when it can easily be administered by mouth or by deep muscle injection. If this report holds up in court then Dr. Murray will probably be acquitted of murder because there is no smoking gun in that report. Any good lawyer worth his salt will tear that report apart in open court.

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