Alanis Morissette Opens Up About Her Postpartum Depression And Breaking Through The Stigma

"The stigma remains in a really big way."

Postpartum depression (PPD), a mental disorder that's the most common complication of childbirth, is experienced by one in nine women after they give birth.  But even though it's usually a temporary and treatable condition, many new parents do not seek treatment because they feel ashamed for feeling depressed after the birth of a child, or they simply do not recognize the symptoms. Postpartum Progress reports only 15 percent of women with PPD ever receive professional treatment which means approximately 850,000 women per year suffer in silence.

It's time to change things, which is why many parents are speaking out about their experiences with PPD. Moms and dads are taking to social media to share their stories in an effort to combat stigmas. Plus, celebrities are using their platforms to share their stories of PPD to raise awareness. 



Alanis Morisette is the latest celebrity to utilize her star power to shatter the stigmas associated with PPD.

The singer opened up in a recent interview with People about her PPD experience with her two kids, Ever Imre and Onyx Solace. In the interview, she explains that she first experienced PPD after giving birth to her now 6-and-a-half-year-old son, Ever Imre. She described how she immediately began to feel symptoms of PPD including insomnia, frightening visions of her family being harmed, and intense physical pain.

However, she wasn't diagnosed until 16 months later.

Now, Morrissette reveals that she has been struggling with PPD for 14 months after the birth of her daughter, Onyx Solace, in June 2016. In the candid interview, Morissette states that she was "prepared" for the PPD, but the symptoms set in "seconds" after she gave birth.

The singer describes her second bout of PPD as being four times worse. "It's very isolating. I'm used to being the Rock of Gibraltar, providing, protecting, and maneuvering. It had me question everything," she admits. "I've known myself to be a really incredible decision-maker and a leader that people can rely on. [Now] I can barely decide what to eat for dinner."

To treat her postpartum depression, Morissette is using a mixture of medications and homeopathic therapies. Plus, she is working with therapists, exercising daily, and channeling her feelings into music.

And she is refusing to stay silent about her experiences with PPD.

Morissette states, "The stigma remains in a really big way. There's this version of eye contact that I have with women who have been through PPD where it's this silent, 'Oh my God, I love you. I'm so sorry.' "

Even though she's in the middle of her PPD, she remains optimistic because she knows that there is hope. "I just know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel and try not to beat myself up," she said.

If you or someone you know is experiencing postpartum depression, you can find local support groups and resources by visiting Postpartum Support International's website or calling 1-800-944-4773.

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