A number of celebrities in the recent past have gone on record about their battle with a mental disorder and how it affected their lives. The latest one on the list is Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter who has revealed in a television interview about her struggles with postpartum depression (PPD) after the births of her three kids.
In the candid interview with Mehmet Oz, Ivanka described the nature of challenges she faced after the birth of each of her three children. “I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent or as an entrepreneur and executive. I had such easy pregnancies that in some ways the juxtaposition hit me even harder,” she said.
There are many misconceptions surrounding PPD. Most people are appalled on learning about the prevalence of the disorder and its symptoms. Though having a baby is believed to be one of the happiest moments in women’s lives, some experience a brief and mild bout of depression post the birth of their infants. However, some others go through a severe form of the disorder identified as postpartum or perinatal depression. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly one in nine women experiences PPD. In some cases, the symptoms of the disorder are so debilitating that they can interfere with the daily lives of those affected.
PPD is real
Ivanka’s experiences with PPD led her to realize the necessity of reducing the cost of childcare and regularize six weeks of paid maternity leave in the country. Prior to Ivanka, model Chrissy Teigen, singer Adele and actress Gwyneth Paltrow had shared details about how their lives changed after being afflicted with PPD and the need to raise awareness about the pervasiveness of the disorder. Commenting on how real the disease is, Ivanka said it is important for Americans to realize that this disorder can affect anyone at any point of time.
As opposed to the myth that PPD affects only new mothers, experts stress on how some new fathers have also reported exhibiting signs of the disorder. CDC reports that nearly 4 percent of fathers show signs of the disorder in the first year after childbirth. The common signs of PPD include:
- Continual sadness that involves crying.
- Feelings of hopelessness.
- Fear of hurting the baby combined with guilt at such unwarranted thoughts.
- Left with little or no energy.
- Excessive concern about the baby or not worried about the child at all.
- Constant feelings of pain in chest and head.
- Rapid heartbeat and insomnia.
- Improper eating habits.
- Difficulty in concentrating on the task at hand.
Availing medical help
People often hide their mental problems due to the stigma attached to it. However, celebrities talking about their own problems has been helpful in dealing with the situation. Seeking expert advice from a medical practitioner is necessary to get rid of any kind of mental health problem. Many women feel ashamed of sharing their problems or asking for help fearing that they will be shamed and labeled as emotionally disoriented. Fear of being judged often prevents women from self-reporting their mental disorders, which further exacerbates their problems. Mental health problems need timely treatment to ensure complete recovery.
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