Anyone who’s suffered from postnatal depression knows that it’s much more serious than “baby blues”. So it’s reassuring to know that it can affect anyone, even the rich and famous.
Despite media pressure to lead a seemingly perfect life, a number of celebrities have bravely spoken out about PND – a condition that leaves you feeling isolated and frightened.
Realising you’re not alone is the first step to recovery
Feeling that no one can possibly understand what you’re going through is common amongst PND sufferers. But if it can happen to the likes of Chrissy Teigen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Courteney Cox and Katie Price, of course, it can happen to you too.
“I was so tired of being in pain. Of sleeping on the couch. Of waking up throughout the night. Of throwing up. Of taking things out on the wrong people. Of not enjoying life.” - Chrissy Teigen.
The supermodel, Chrissy Teigen, recently opened up to Glamour magazine about her nightmare experience following the birth of her daughter, Luna. “I just didn’t think it could happen to me,” she wrote. “I have a great life. I have all the help I could need. But postpartum does not discriminate. I couldn’t control it.”
Back in 2010, Gwyneth Paltrow admitted to Vogue that she sank into deep depression after her son, Moses, was born. “At my lowest, I was a robot. I just didn’t feel anything. I had no maternal instincts for him – it was awful."
As for Katie Price, everyone remembers her elaborate wedding to Peter Andre, but few realise that she was suffering from PND. She recently revealed on Loose Women that her wedding day passed by in a “kind of a blur”.
For many, antidepressants and counselling are the answer. Yet others, who don’t acknowledge that anything is wrong, simply focus their efforts on surviving the day-to-day.
Fern Britton admitted to OK! magazine, “When the doctor told me what I was feeling was postnatal depression it was so liberating. I felt such a sense of relief that I wasn't going mad. Once my family knew, I started to get better".
When famous faces share their story, it helps to reduce the stigma. So, if the first step to recovery is realising that you’re not alone, the second is reaching out to someone. Help does exist. And with it, you can get better.
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