Postpartum depression has also affected famous moms

Princess Diana and Prince Charles introduce Prince William after his birth. (Photo: people.com)
Princess Diana and Prince Charles introduce Prince William after his birth. (Photo: people.com)

We know them for their acting, singing, culinary or artistic skills, which have catapulted them into fame and blessed them with fortune. Few, however, know that beneath all the glamour, many famous women have suffered in silence after the birth of their child/children as postpartum depression (PPD) showed them that their celebrity status was no match for its far-reaching effects.

While your logical side is aware that PPD is not self-inflicted, and therefore, no shame should be attached to the disorder, the negative nature of the illness makes it seem very unattractive and ominous to others. And because of this, many sufferers feel ashamed and tend to secretive about the matter. Sadly, they also delay sourcing proper treatment.

 Courteney Cox also suffered from postpartum depression.
Courteney Cox also suffered from postpartum depression.

For those who do not have it, especially men, it is hard to understand how a mother may not love or embrace her child. They may possibly be judgemental of the sufferer because they do not truly understand the nature of the beast, and therefore may even see it as a sign of weakness.

In a culture that usually shuns showcasing motherhood in anything but a positive and nurturing light, these famous women stepped up to reveal the naked truth about PPD and its accompanying emotional malady.

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Brooke Shields, model and actress
  • Courteney Cox, actress
  • Kendra Wilkinson, former Playboy bunny and reality TV star
  • Marie Osmond, singer
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, actress
  • Lisa Rinna, soap opera star
  • Carnie Wilson, singer
  • Princes Diana, the people’s princess

— Written by C.W.

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