What do these famous women have in common? Alanis Morisette, Lena Headley, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chrissie Tiegen, Adele, Marie Osmond, Hayden Panettiere, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooke Sheilds, Carnie Wilson, Princess Diana, Courteney Cox, Lisa Rinna, Bryce Dallas, Kendra Wilson? All experienced post-partum depression.
According to the American Psychological Association, one in seven women have more than just “blues.” Women with post-partum depression describe the feeling as desperate, frightening, uncontrollable, and often so debilitating they can’t care for their newborn or other tasks of daily life.
Apparently post-partum depression isn’t tied to the easiness or hardness of the birth process, income, age, race or ethnicity, culture or education, marital status, or whether it comes with the first child or later ones.
And frightening new research shows that post-partum depression can affect a woman not just during the time around childbirth, but it can affect her relationship with the child she had during that time, and even with grandchildren of that child.
If you are struggling with post-partum depression, you need to get help as soon as you can. Here are recommendations from the American Psychological Association.
Postpartum depression is not your fault–it is a real, but treatable, psychological disorder.
If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby, take action now:
Put the baby in a safe
place, like a crib. Call a friend or family member for help if you need