Chrissy Teigen reveals in an essay for Glamour that in December of last year, she has been diagnosed with postpartum depression and anxiety.
Model Chrissy Teigen is known for her daring looks on social media and for the lack of discomfort in showing aspects of her body that other women would never thing of flaunting – such as stretchmarks. You would thing that Teigen is extremely self-confident and her joy and energy spreads to other women and empowers them to do the same. The second part of this phrase is true, but the first part…not so much. Even the most positive people can struggle emotionally.
John Legend’s wife has decided to share with the world a diagnosis we would never have suspected she got. In an essay for Glamour, the 31-year-old mother-of-one reveals she has been diagnosed with postpartum depression and anxiety. And she has been keeping this to herself – and her close ones – for a few months now.
“Let me start here: To a lot of you, I think, I seem like the happiest person on the planet”, Teigen started her essay. She laid out all the reasons she had to be that happy: her “incredible husband”, her “perfect” baby daughter Luna and their amazing family life.
“And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy”, she admitted, revealing: “What basically everyone around me—but me—knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression.” Teigen explains that she had a hard time accepting she was, indeed, battling depression and was in denial for a while, out of fear that, once accepted, it would become ‘such a “thing”’.
After the birth of Luna, the family moved to a rental and then to a hotel, as their house was under construction. The stress felt during that time, Teigen blamed on the temporary living situation. It turned out that even when they moved into their newly-built nest, she didn’t feel any better. On the contrary, the situation worsened, as she started having physical pain.
“Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders—even my wrists—hurt.” To this, it added loss of appetite and increased irritation. She wouldn’t get out of the house and stopped spending time with her husband. “Unless I had work, John knew there was not a chance in hell we were going on a date, going to the store, going anywhere.”
When, in December, she talked to a doctor about all her symptoms, she received her diagnosis of postpartum depression and anxiety. “I remember being so exhausted but happy to know that we could finally get on the path of getting better”, she says.
Teigen recalls that until she had been diagnosed, she associated the term “postpartum depression” with the case of death-sentenced Susan Smith, which caused her to think it couldn’t possibly a diagnosis for herself. “I also just didn’t think it could happen to me […] But postpartum does not discriminate”, she writes, adding: “I couldn’t control it.”
In treating her condition, Chrissy Teigen says that she is on an antidepressant and is planning on starting psychotherapy in the near future.
She ended the essay: “Phew! I’ve hated hiding this from you. XX, Chrissy”