10 Celebrities Who Had Postpartum Depression

July 29, 2010
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brooke shields

About 10 percent of new mothers suffer from postpartum depression (PPD). And just because they are rich and famous doesn’t mean that celebrity mothers are immune to getting the baby blues or the more extreme condition called PPD.

We did some research and put together a list of ten celebrity mothers who battled postpartum depression. Some of these may shock you, while others not so much. But you can take solace in knowing that even though their lives may seem perfect, celebrity mothers go through the same thing that average every day mothers do. Check out photos and read more here!

The most outspoken celebrity mother who suffered from the baby blues is Brooke Shields. Heck she even wrote a book purely about her PPD experiences titled Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression. Check out the remaining of the 10 celebrities who had postpartum depression below.

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Bryce Dallas Howard plays vampire Victoria in the Twilight Eclipse movie. And for the first time she has revealed that she struggled with a nasty experience of PPD after giving birth to her son Theo. She explains, “For me, breast-feeding was even more painful than giving birth. And despite a lactation consultant offering help, I felt incompetent. I refused to give up, forcing myself to do everything possible so that my son would consume only my breast milk with no supplementation. I forged on, barely sleeping, always either breast feeding or pumping and never getting the hang of it. My husband began shooting a television series, and late evenings when he returned home, I would meet him at the door, shaking with fury … I screamed expletives at him, behavior he had never experienced in the seven years we had been together.”

lisa rinna

Lisa Rinna revealed that after the birth of her two daughters she had visions of killing her family. She says, “People don’t talk about this. It’s very, very scary and vulnerable. I made Harry hide all the sharp knives and take the gun out of the house because I had visions of killing everybody. Now how horrific is that? I wanted to share it because I think women are so shamed by this and feel so horrible … I found help and got through it.”

britney spears

After Britney Spears had two babies in a matter of a 17 month time span, many speculated that the reasoning for her madness, (the whole headshaving and whacked out umbrella incident) was due to post partum depression.

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Kendra Wilkinson admitted that after the birth of her son she felt worthless. She said, “After giving birth, I never brushed my hair, my teeth, or took a shower. I looked in the mirror one day and was really depressed. I thought, ‘Look at me!’ I had this glamorous life in L.A., and now I didn’t … A couple of times, I even said, ‘I just have nothing to live for.’”

amanda peet

Amanda Peet went through a rough patch after the birth of her son Frankie. She said her pregnancy was fine until one day it “all came crashing down the second [Frankie] was born. I want to be honest about it because I think there’s still so much shame when you have mixed feelings about being a mom instead of feeling this sort of ‘bliss.’

courteney cox arquette

Courteney Cox-Arquette also experienced PPD after the birth of her daughter Coco. She told People magazine, “I went through a really hard time—not right after the baby, but when she turned six months. I couldn’t sleep. My heart was racing. And I got really depressed. I went to the doctor and found out my hormones had been pummeled.”

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Gena Lee Nolin cited enduring and overcoming postpartum depression after the birth of her children, “One of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through and one of my greatest accomplishments.” She adds, “With my first baby, I wasn’t sure what was happening. It took five months before I reached out for help. With my second I didn’t want to believe it, but it was happening again. The third, I knew and went into it full boar. I knew I had the tools to get through it sanely and I truly think the hardest part is reaching out for help! When you feel PPD you know something isn’t right. Crying, tired, feeling sadness toward everything and everybody. Those are just some of the symptoms.”

angelina jolie

While she hasn’t divulged publicly, Angelina Jolie is said to have went through some up’s and down’s after the birth of her twins. A friend told a source, “Her mood swings have been hard on the entire family. She cries at the drop of a hat and laughs at inappropriate times.”

gwyneth paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow also suffered from depression after the birth of her second child, Moses. Gwyneth explains, “When my son, Moses, came into the world in 2006, I expected to have another period of euphoria following his birth, much the way I had when my daughter was born two years earlier. Instead I was confronted with one of the darkest and most painfully debilitating chapters of my life. For about five months I had, what I can see in hindsight as postnatal depression, and since that time, I have wanted to know more about it. I just didn’t know what was wrong with me … I felt really out of my body. I felt really disconnected. I felt really down; I felt pessimistic.”

There you have it, the list of 10 Celebrities who had postpartum depression. The good news is that all of the celebrities listed made a successful recovery!

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5 Responses to “10 Celebrities Who Had Postpartum Depression”

  1. 1
    Miva Says:

    I had no idea Bryce Dallas Howard had children, I agree with her Breastfeeding is so painful, Although for your child’s health is totally orth the pain.

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    Rachelle Says:

    Didn’t know that all these celebrities had PPD, it is interesting to hear how they all felt.

  3. 3
    Joan Says:

    Hopefully people can be inspired by the courage they displayed while fighting the condition.

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    Dane Entel Says:

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    Aimee Says:

    Just an FYI ~ that isn’t a picture of Amanda Peet. It’s Lake Bell.