About 13 percent of women who give birth develop postpartum depression, a serious, long-lasting condition that’s more than just “baby blues.” Half of those women develop severe postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression affects a mother’s relationship with her baby, other children in the family, her husband, studies have even shown it can affect the baby’s behavior.
The good news? More women are coming forward to publicly talk about their struggles with PPD. Their bravery and openness goes a long way in removing the stigma that many women experience – specifically that they should feel guilty about their feelings and they are somehow failing at motherhood.
Exhaustion, sleep deprivation, and other stressors take their toll. Postpartum depression can happen to anyone, including new dads!
Below you’ll find ten famous women who suffered from postpartum depression. They talk about their experience and explain what finally helped them recover. A common thread you’ll notice is that many of these women thought postpartum depression meant you spent all day crying. Not necessarily. Depression is a subtle, sneaky sucker. Particularly if you’ve never experienced it before. You feel feel horrible. Then you feel horrible for feeling horrible all the time and think there’s something wrong with you or you just don’t have the motherhood instinct and you don’t realize it isn’t your fault. As Marie Osmond says, “That’s the sad part about depression, is it really takes away all your logic, your rationale.”
If you think you might be suffering from postpartum depression get help by clicking here! You are not alone.