Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About Dealing With Postpartum Depression

Supermodel Chrissy Teigen appears on the cover of Glamour's April issue, and, in it, the wife of singer/ songwriter John Legend and mom to 11-month-old Luna penned a letter opening up about dealing with postpartum depression.

On how she felt before she was diagnosed with postpartum depression:

"I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy. What basically everyone around me—but  me—knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression. How  can I feel this way when everything is so great? I’ve had a hard time  coming to terms with that, and I hesitated to even talk about this, as  everything becomes such a 'thing.'"

On finding out she has postpartum depression:

"Before the holidays I went to  my GP for a physical. John sat next to me. I looked at my doctor, and my  eyes welled up because I was so tired of being in pain. Of sleeping on  the couch. Of waking up throughout the night. Of throwing up. Of taking  things out on the wrong people. Of not enjoying life. Of not seeing my  friends. Of not having the energy to take my baby for a stroll. My  doctor pulled out a book and started listing symptoms. And I was like,  'Yep, yep, yep.' I got my diagnosis: postpartum depression and anxiety." 

On how she felt after she was diagnosed with postpartum depression:

"I also just didn’t think it could happen to me.  I have a great life. I have all the help I could need: John, my mother  (who lives with us), a nanny. But postpartum does not discriminate. I  couldn’t control it. And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to  speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m  struggling. Sometimes I still do."

On why she's choosing now to speak out about postpartum depression:

"I’m speaking up now because I  want people to know it can happen to anybody and I don’t want people who  have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone. I also don’t want to  pretend like I know everything about postpartum depression, because it  can be different for everybody. But one thing I do know is that—for  me—just merely being open about it helps. This has become my open  letter."

Read the entire essay here.

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