Like many mental health issues, postpartum depression has often been dismissed as something that should go away on its own. But this more than a bad case of the baby blues, as it lasts for weeks on end without getting better. According to the American Pregnancy Association, 9 to 16 percent of women will experience postpartum depression and, because of taboos, may not always get the help they need. Thankfully, in an effort to grow a community of support, more women are speaking out about the realities of this issue, include several celebrities who’ve suffered postpartum depression.
From a former Friends stars to Grammy award winners, many A-list moms have experienced some form of extreme depression after giving birth, proving that postpartum depression can happen to any new mom, regardless of circumstance. And, as their stories prove, postpartum depression is something that can be overcome with proper help and support; you don’t have to suffer in silence. Here is a quick rundown of the celebrities whose difficulties after childbirth went far beyond the baby blues. Hopefully, their stories can help you feel less alone if this type of depression is something that you have struggled with at any point in time. And if you have symptoms of postpartum depression, don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider for help. As the many support groups — and these outspoken A-listers — prove, it could happen to anyone, and help is available if you need it.