Never in my life did I think I would spend so much time reading about Chrissy Teigen, let alone that I would love her so much! In case you haven’t seen it yet, Chrissy Teigen’s essay in Glamour about her postpartum depression has been all over the news this week – and I couldn’t be happier. As someone who has struggled with depression on-and-off as long as I could remember, any time a celebrity opens up about their struggles I go little wide eyed with joy.
Chrissy’s frank and open article about how her life changed after the birth of her beautiful baby girl Luna makes me so happy; I encourage you to read it! The stigma surrounding mental health issues is palpable, and I am so proud that strong women, like Chrissy Teigen, are helping to lower the shame and bring attention to these mental health issues.
Why is Chrissy's story so important?
Chrissy’s expression of her continued struggle with postpartum depression is so important for two reasons; the first being that we need to demonstrate that mental health issues, like depression, don’t discriminate, and because we need to raise awareness to something that effects so many people!
When people like Chrissy, whom we presume to live an extremely charmed life, experiences issues like Postpartum Depression, we are reminded that it is a much deeper issue than how much money you have. Even those with all the support in the world can still experience depression. We are reminded that regardless of our past or current circumstances, mental health problems are something that any us are capable of having – and moreover it isn’t something that you can tell by looking at someone.
Secondly we need people like Chrissy to speak out about their issues, like depression, because it is something that is still viewed with stigma. Those with PPD often feel ashamed and guilty because they a beautiful baby waiting to be loved and they are struggling to connect. As a society we need to destigmatize these mental health disorders and the best way to do that is by talking about them!
Postpartum Depression (PPD) is the most commonly discussed form of a Postpartum Mood Disorder (PMD) these days. However, PMDs cover disorders such as the Baby Blues (most common), Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, Postpartum OCD, and Postpartum Psychosis (the most extreme of the disorders). It is estimated that 80% of moms are effected by a PMD.
Approximately 15% of moms are affected by PPD, but these statistics are based on self-reported cases – meaning that many cases go unreported and untreated. Considering that PPD is the most common complication after childbirth, we are severely lacking in adequate support. Postpartum Progress is an excellent website filled with information in regards to the different PMDs and with lists for different supports and treatment options for those suffering from PMDs and those who care for someone with a PMD.
Time to Share
One of the best ways we can support those with a PMD is by sharing our stories and our struggles. In doing so we let others know that they are not alone, they don’t need to suffer in silence. The sharing of stories also helps to normalize this condition. The more we talk about it, the less stigma and shame there will be surrounding these feeling and diagnoses.
So, I am so ecstatic that Chrissy shared he story, not only with those she loves, but with the world. Through her sharing I know she has reached many women and has been able to comfort them by giving them the knowledge that they are not alone and that having a PMD doesn’t make them any less of an awesome, rockstar mom!
I'm a doula and nurse who is passionate about creating happy and healthy moms, babies and families. Currently living in Guelph, Ontario while breaking into the world of business and enjoying the four beautiful (and often very crazy) boys in my life.