Symptoms of Postpartum DepressionHere are some symptoms of postpartum depression illustrated by famous successful women of our time.These women are brave and courageous to discuss their experiences.

Shame: 

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

Symptoms of postpartum depression… shame is the first we focus upon, because shame makes the disorder a secret. Shame slows down the ability to reach out and ask for help or even to recognize what is happening.  Unfortunately, many times new moms and dads feel engulfed in shame because they are suffering depression and anxiety or maybe depression and anxiety magnify feelings of shame. Many times, it is only after the illness itself has been resolved do mothers and fathers feel okay to speak out regarding this debilitating disorder.

Euphoria During Pregnancy

We are moving towards focusing on the perinatal aspect of postpartum depression and anxiety. What does this mean?  How you felt during your pregnancy may indicate a vulnerability towards a postpartum depression or anxiety.

“I had a fairly serious postpartum depression,” the actress Amanda Peet stated in a 2008 article in Gotham magazine after giving birth to daughter Frankie. “I think it was because I had a really euphoric pregnancy.”

 

Panic Attacks and Weepiness

A terribly common symptom of postpartum depression and anxiety is panic attacks. Another difficult one is weepiness.  Please do not normalize this and please be gentle with yourself.

Valerie Plain, world famous spy

She wrote: “My abilities to cope, problem solve, and adjust to new situations, abilities that had served me so well, were beyond my reach.” Ms. Plain also describes feelings of crying uncontrollably and panic attacks during her postpartum period.

Numbness

Numbness is also a symptom of depression and for many postpartum depression.

“At my lowest, I was a robot. I just didn’t feel anything. I had no maternal instincts for him—it was awful. I couldn’t connect, and still, when I look at pictures of him at three months old, I don’t remember that time.”  Gwyneth Paltrow.

Insomnia

We continually disregard that our bodies and minds are not split. This is a false separation. Our mind is part of our body. Our mental health is correlated to our hormonal health. It is not just in your head, ever.

“I went through a really hard time—not right after the baby, but when [Coco] turned 6 months. I couldn’t sleep,” the actress said. “My heart was racing. And I got really depressed. I went to the doctor and found out my hormones had been pummeled.”  Courtney Cox, the lovable beautiful actress we watched for years on Friends

 

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

~ Maya Angelou