Gwyneth Paltrow speaks of her experience with Postpartum Depression with ET.
“Luckily, [my case] was low grade enough that I didn’t have to be hospitalized, but it’s a very debilitating thing, and I think there’s so much shame around it and there shouldn’t be,” she told ET. “It’s something that happens, it’s something that befalls many women after they have a baby, and for me, it ended up being a wonderful opportunity to explore some underlying issues that I think the depression kind of brought out.”
Brook Shields speaks of her Postpartum Depression
“I really didn’t want to live anymore,” she admits frankly. She says that, during this time, simply seeing a window was enough to prompt her to think, “‘I just want to leap out of my life,’ but then the rational side of me [would say], ‘You’re only on the fourth floor. You’ll get broken to bits and then you will be even worse.'”
Drew Barrymore experienced postpartum depression after her second child.
‘I didn’t have postpartum the first time so I didn’t understand it because I was like, “I feel great!”‘ she told the magazine.
‘The second time, I was like, “Oh, whoa, I see what people talk about now. I understand.” It’s a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud.’
Three celebrity icons go thru postpartum depression. With the statistics, it is just a matter of time before this awful illness is highlighted in the media. I love that these mothers so eloquently exposed their experience to the media, and shared their moments after the fact. They exemplify how this was one phase of their motherhood experience, and not only did it not define their personhood, it allowed them to deepen their empathy and awareness to all mothers and fathers who experience postpartum depression, anxiety and or OCD. The less secretive the illness is, the less shame, the sooner a mother or father can get help… earlier the diagnosis, the better the prognosis.