My dad used to describe a phenomenon to me several years ago. It was about women who, after giving birth, developed mental health issues. He had some theories for why these women went through such experiences, which I will not be sharing because I don’t want to perpetuate unfound claims. Of the women, he told me about one, who had developed mental health issues all the three times she had her babies.
According to him, it was one of the reasons she had only three children in days back, because it was quite hectic having to deal with a new mother with mental health issues and a new born baby, who needed its mom.
Nowadays, I have been thinking about this woman and can’t help but think that, perhaps, this woman had suffered postpartum depression and it had come out with different symptoms in her. From my dad’s description of the treatment offered this woman, it did not involve any counselling, just attempts to restrain her physically and then some sleep medication, until the phase passed, which got better towards the end of pregnancy. 41 days after birth and this woman was often as good as new; ready to enjoy her new motherhood and baby.
Rather than look for the root cause, the condition was put down to a “spiritual attack;” a very Nigerian mentality.
Away from the ordinary woman, celebrities too also suffer from postpartum depression. Some share and some don’t. For this article, we will be taking a look at the celebrities who have suffered this condition, spoken up about it and are made stronger by it.
This is a condition that is often shrouded in darkness. Not most people want to accept that they are going through it, or have suffered from it, for fear of being stigmatised and labelled, “crazy.”
These set of celebrities have removed the veil from this condition by sharing their own experiences, which are below:
Mama Luna first revealed her experience with postpartum depression in an essay published in Glamour recently.
“Before the holidays, I went to my GP for a physical. John sat next to me. I looked at my doctor, and my eyes welled up because I was so tired of being in pain. Of sleeping on the couch. Of waking up throughout the night. Of throwing up. Of taking things out on the wrong people. Of not enjoying life. Of not seeing my friends. Of not having the energy to take my baby for a stroll. My doctor pulled out a book and started listing symptoms. And I was like, ‘Yep, yep, yep.’ I got my diagnosis: postpartum depression and anxiety.”