Gwyneth Paltrow has spoken candidly about her battle with postnatal depression after the birth of her son Moses in 2006.
Appearing on US TV Show The Conversation – which is produced by Demi Moore – 39-year-old Gwyneth said she wanted to talk openly about postnatal depression to help others who were suffering.
Gwyneth’s interview starts at the 9-minute-40-second mark. She also talks about how much her father meant to her and how his death has impacted her life. Take a look.
In case you can’t watch the video, here’s what Gwyneth had to say.
“I couldn’t connect with my son the way that I had with my daughter and I couldn’t understand why,” she said in the interview with Amanda de Cadenet. “I couldn’t connect to anyone. I felt like a zombie. I felt very detached.
“I just didn’t know what was wrong with me. I couldn’t figure it out. It never occurred to me. My husband actually said, ‘Something’s wrong. I think you have postnatal depression’. I was mortified. ‘No I don’t!’ And then I started researching what it was and the symptoms and I was like, ‘Oh, yes I do”,” she said.
“We think that it makes us bad mothers or we didn’t do it right, but it’s like, we’re all in this together. I never understand why mothers judge other mothers It’s like, ‘Can’t we all just be on each other’s side?”’
If you or someone you know is suffering from PND and/or you need help there are many organisations Australia wide that can help.
Beyondblue To find out help in your area call Lifeline’s Just Ask information line on 1300 13 11 14 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm EST). Just Ask can also post you copies of any of beyondblue’s fact sheets on depression. More resources and information can be found on their website here.
Gidget Foundation promotes awareness of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression amongst women and their families, their health providers and the wider community. Visit their website here.