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Hollywood Moms Who Beat Postpartum Depression (Photos)

Angie Harmon had post-partum depression

Becoming a mom is wonderful but it doesn’t come without challenges.

Some women develop and suffer from postpartum depression in fact, approximately 10 to 15% of women suffer from postpartum mood disorders.

A few celebrity moms have talked about their struggles with the condition which has helped remove part of the stigma associated with it.

Their stories help to show that with treatment, you can recover and be a happy and healthy mom.

See the photos after the jump.


  • Brooke Shields 1 of 11
    Brooke Shields
    "If I had been diagnosed with any other disease, I would have run to get help. I would have worn it like a badge…I didn't at first—but finally I did fight. I survived."
  • Kendra Wilkinson 2 of 11
    Kendra Wilkinson
    "After giving birth, I never brushed my hair, my teeth, or took a shower. I looked in the mirror one day and was really depressed. I thought, 'Look at me!' I had this glamorous life in LA, and now [in Indianapolis], I didn't."
  • Carnie Wilson 3 of 11
    Carnie Wilson
    "I cried all day over everything…It's a physical feeling. I don't know how to describe it. You're overwhelmed with love and joy, then sadness and fear. You're so afraid you're going to fail this baby…What if you drop her or hurt her? She's totally dependent on you and it's scary."
  • Amanda Peet 4 of 11
    Amanda Peet
    "I had a fairly serious postpartum depression…I think it was because I had a really euphoric pregnancy…It all came crashing down the second [Frankie] was born. I want to be honest about it because I think there's still so much shame when you have mixed feelings about being a mom instead of feeling this sort of ‘bliss.'"
  • Courteney Cox 5 of 11
    Courteney Cox
    "I went through a really hard time—not right after the baby, but when [Coco] turned 6 months. I couldn't sleep…My heart was racing. And I got really depressed. I went to the doctor and found out my hormones had been pummeled."
  • Angie Harmon 6 of 11
    Angie Harmon
    "I had post-partum with all three of them and your friends didn't really talk about it…why didn't we tell us? Nobody tells you about that."
  • Lisa Rinna 7 of 11
    Lisa Rinna
    "I had severe post-natal depression after both births. With my first child, I didn't know what hit me. I felt horrible and didn't understand why. That first bout lasted about 15 months. With my second child, I was able to get help right away. So I'd say that if you notice any signs, call your doctor immediately. You've got to take care of yourself."
  • Marie Osmond 8 of 11
    Marie Osmond
    "For anyone who has suffered from postpartum depression or any sort of depression, it feels like you are spiraling and spinning into darkness…Yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Part of finding that light is knowing you are not alone. Lots of times we women say we should not feel certain ways, but half of it is acknowledging you do, and it's OK. By acknowledging it, it's less scary and is nothing to be ashamed of."
  • Elle Macpherson 9 of 11
    Elle Macpherson
    The supermodel said she suffered "'sort of post-natal depression", feeling a "ridiculous" amount of pressure to lose weight after the birth of Cy. "It's like there's this competition as to who can lose weight the quickest after a baby - it's unhealthy for both mother and child."
  • Bryce Dallas Howard 10 of 11
    Bryce Dallas Howard
    "For me, breast-feeding was even more painful than giving birth. And despite a lactation consultant offering help, I felt incompetent. I refused to give up, forcing myself to do everything possible so that my son would consume only my breast milk with no supplementation. I forged on, barely sleeping, always either breast feeding or pumping and never getting the hang of it."
  • Gwyneth Paltrow 11 of 11
    Gwyneth Paltrow
    "I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child… But there are different shades of it and depths of it, which is why I think it's so important for women to talk about it. It was a trying time. I felt like a failure."

Photos: PCn

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