JANE PAULEY REVEALS INTIMATE DETAILS ABOUT HER BATTLE WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER ON A SPECIAL EDITION OF 'DATELINE NBC,' WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
In a Wide-Ranging Interview With Her Former Co-Anchor Stone Phillips, Pauley Shares Intimate Details of Her Brief Hospitalization in 2001 and Hidden Family Secrets
NEW YORK -- August 31, 2004 �- Jane Pauley reveals her battle with bipolar disorder, often referred to as manic depression, and hidden family secrets in a wide-ranging "Dateline NBC" interview with anchor Stone Phillips, to be broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 1 (9:00 PM, ET; 10:00 PM, PT).
In the candid and surprising interview, Pauley shares with Phillips personal truths about her public and private life � soon to be revealed in her upcoming book, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue � discussing for the first time publicly her father's battle with alcoholism and her own physical struggle with hives, how it contributed to her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and the emotional toll it took on her family � saying, "there was an alien presence in our family...and it was me."
Pauley tells Phillips about her extreme mood swings, alternately feeling "revved up" and emotionally drained and how when her behavior became noticeably out of character her doctor told her husband, Garry Trudeau, "your wife is very sick." When Phillips asks her about his reaction, she confides, "I think he might have been relieved because he and he alone had, had seen that something was wrong and had been helpless to do anything about it. I think he wanted his wife back...but...he was in for a turbulent few months."
Pauley describes her mood swings as "rapid cycling." She explains, "...think of the mood swings that, you know, you have a bad mood and then tomorrow you feel better...Mood swings are normal...but when the mood swings are destabilized, they just become more pronounced. The highs are higher and the lows are equivalently lower."
David Corvo is the executive producer of "Dateline NBC."