15 Celebs Who Opened Up About Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression can feel isolating and scary, and far too often it’s an experience that new moms are hesitant to discuss. Many women feel guilty or fear being judged, and others believe something must be wrong with them.
In reality, that’s not the case, and you don’t have to feel alone. 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression, making it surprisingly common. Even women who have abundant resources and support are not immune to postpartum depression, as evidenced by the many celebrities who have spoken out about their experiences.
Here are 15 famous moms who have shared their stories:
1. Gwyneth Paltrow
Despite a blissful experience following the birth of her oldest daughter Apple, Gwyneth Paltrow says she struggled two years later when her son Moses was born. Paltrow had difficulty feeling emotions and connecting with her new baby, describing herself as a “zombie.”
In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Paltrow voiced the fears faced by many women who struggle with postpartum depression.
“I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person,” she said. “I felt like a failure.”
2. Marie Osmond
After the birth of her son Matthew, Marie Osmond suffered from severe postpartum depression, including thoughts of suicide.
She shared her difficulties and eventual triumph in the memoir Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression. In the memoir, Osmond describes hysterical crying and the inability to get out of bed some mornings.
She credits antidepressants and the support of her mother, who had also experienced postpartum depression, with her recovery.
3. Courteney Cox
In a 2005 interview with USA Today, Courteney Cox revealed her experience with delayed postpartum depression. It wasn’t until her daughter, Coco, was six months old that Cox began experiencing symptoms.
Around that time, Cox began having difficulty sleeping, experienced a racing heart, and grappled with suicidal urges. She also felt vulnerable, an emotion she described as “smallness.”
After turning to friends for support and taking the hormone progesterone, Cox was able to fully experience her blessings and even contemplate adding to the family.