Singer Alanis Morissette, who became a mother last year, reveals that she has suffered from postpartum depression. The 38-year-old talks about a painful journey that she had unwillingly embarked on for almost 15 months.
Birth is usually an event associated with joy and hope, but sometimes, in the shadow of that joy can grow a depressive sight of things. A significant number of women suffer from postpartum depression. Even if most of the risk factors are present in women with low social status and financial support, celebrities are not safe from it, either. One of the latest celeb moms that have admitted to have battled postpartum depression is Canadian singer Alanis Morissette.
In an interview to ET Canada, she described the birth of her son Ever as “amazing”, adding that she was “moved beyond words” by her little bundle of joy. However, she added, she felt depression starting to install. “I just thought it was a swampy chapter, if I soldiered it out, that it would go away”. But, as she soon found out, “the longer I waited, the more intense it would become”.
“I felt as if I was covered in tar and everything took 50 times more effort than normal”. Morissette explains that it was not just about dark thoughts and crying, but the depression also took physical forms. “I hadn’t realized the depths to which you can ache: limbs, back, torso, head, everything hurt — and it went on for 15 months”, she told UK’s “You” magazine. However, the depression did not interfere with the bond between her and the baby.
In April she started feeling better, after “various therapies. “Now I feel all light and springy”.
Postpartum depression, also known as PPD, is a form of clinical depression, installed within two to four weeks after childbirth. Even though the causes for the onset are not clear, there are several risk factors that can trigger it: a history of depression, smoking, the use of formula feeding instead of breastfeeding, prenatal depression or anxiety, poor life conditions and more. Several studies report that marital status, birth option and age do not influence the onset of PPD.