We often hear about the joy and pride mothers feel after giving birth, but people are less outspoken about the possible feelings of depression that can also follow having a baby. According to the American Psychological Association, as many as one in seven women suffer from postpartum depression. There's still a lot of stigma associated with it, which deters some women from seeking help. However, it can be incredibly empowering for role models and celebrities to speak openly about their personal experiences with it.
In a recent cover story interview with Vanity Fair, Grammy award-winning singer Adele, discussed her ongoing battle with postpartum depression. She also said that she doesn't want to have any more kids.
"I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me," she told Vanity Fair.
The 28-year-old said she did not take antidepressants to treat her disorder, and she was originally reluctant to speak with other mothers going through the same ordeal. Eventually, however, she found solace speaking with other pregnant women, and women with children because she found "they're a bit more patient" and non-judgmental when it comes to this matter.
"My knowledge of postpartum — or post-natal, as we call it in England — is that you don't want to be with your child; you're worried you might hurt your child; you're worried you weren't doing a good job," she told Vanity Fair. "But I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate; I felt like I'd made the worst decision of my life."
Common treatments for postpartum depend on the individual, but they usually include antidepressants or counseling. But there are also other treatments. Setting aside quality time to enjoy personal activities is how some mothers — like Adele —cope with the disorder.
"I'm going to give myself an afternoon a week, just to do whatever the fuck I want without my baby," Adele told Vanity Fair. "It makes you a better mom if you give yourself a better time."
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