Post-partum Depression is real, treatable, and NOTHING to be ashamed of! The "Baby Blues" isn't something you should wait to see if it goes away. If you've just had a child and you're not feeling like you thought you would, talk to someone! It's more common than you think!
Anyway, Bryce Dallas Howard dealt with it after her first child (she has since had a second in January 2011), and she's using her filmmaking to talk about it! Here's what she said at the premiere of Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, which is five segments that make a movie about mental illnesses:
"That's something that sadly I experienced after the birth of my first child. It went untreated for eighteen months because I was just so ashamed and frightened. I didn't know what it meant and didn't know what happened to me. Getting to have an opportunity to tell a story that is about mental illness and how it affects one's self and one's community was really something that really meant a lot to me."
The second time around, she was better off. Not only was she aware that she was prone to PPD, but she also had help in place from the get-go:
"I had, especially after the birth of my daughter, because of the experience I had [with] my son, I had family around me constantly, I had friends around me constantly, professionals supporting me through that, and I feel really grateful. I couldn't have done it otherwise. You can't raise kids alone, you can't heal alone. — you really need a community."
And like we said: PPD is common, it's treatable, and you don't have to suffer through it alone! There is NOTHING to be ashamed of!! Even daddies can get it!
Glad you're doing well, Bryce! You look GORGEOUS!
[Image via WENN.]