Celebrities Suffer Postpartum Depression Too

Friday, 17 Jun 2011 02:56 PM

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For some, giving birth and the transition into motherhood are much less glamorous experiences than is often portrayed in the media. In fact, about 13% of new mothers develop postpartum depression.

Postpartum can cause irritability, feelings of worthlessness, lack of interest in most daily activities, negative feelings toward the baby, insomnia, and even suicidal thoughts. Affected mothers will often be unable to care for themselves or their family; they may worry intensely about or even consider harming the baby.

Men aren’t immune either. A CNN Health study reported that one in four men suffer from postpartum, although they often fail to acknowledge the source of their depression because of gender-based stigmas.

Celebrities aren't immune to this depressive disorder, either.

Celebrities who have suffered from postportum depression include:

• Brooke Shields (actress)
• Amanda Peet (actress)
• Valerie Plame Wilson (former CIA-operative)
• Courtney Cox (actress)
• Kendra Wilkinson (reality star)
• Marie Osmond
• Gwyneth Paltrow (actress)
• Carnie Wilson (singer)
• Lisa Rinna (TV actress and personality)
• Bryce Dallas Howard (actress)
• Florence Henderson (actress)
• Angie Harmon (actress)

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