Celebrities who beat postpartum depression
Amanda Seyfried talks 'trauma' of second birth and how she skirted postpartum depression
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Postpartum depression is a form of depression that occurs in women after they give birth, regardless of social class, color, or beliefs. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), close to 15% of women suffer from this condition, but it is treatable. Symptoms vary, but can include extreme sadness, low energy, anxiety, changes in sleeping or eating patterns, crying episodes, and irritability.
Amanda Seyfried recently opened up to People about the baby boy she welcomed in 2020 with husband Thomas Sadoski. “I had something that went wrong with my second birth. The baby was okay but it was tricky and it was painful and it didn’t have to happen, and it did so it added an extra level of trauma,” she said, explaining that she'd had issues with her spine.
The actress was also naturally concerned about the mental effects. “I was terrified of suffering from postpartum depression. I ended up doing a lot of CBT therapy before I had my first kid and then I was really lucky, I didn’t suffer from any depression and I felt like I had won in some way,” she said. “It was hard, and it was so hard, the struggle, but it wasn’t anything I didn’t think I could handle. And with my second kid, that’s partly because I was on my medication and I never got off of it.”
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