Chrissy Teigen is known for being hilarious, sassy and generally upbeat -- which is why her latest essay
[for Glamour magazine] about her struggle with postpartum depression was a shock for many.
"Let me start here: To a lot of you, I think, I seem like the happiest person on the planet," Teigen writes. "And a year ago, in April, John and I started our family together. We had our daughter, Luna, who is perfect. She is somehow exactly me, exactly John, and exactly herself. I adore her.I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy. I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: 'Maybe I’m just not a goofy person anymore. Maybe I’m just supposed to be a mom.'"
After months of lethargy, lack of appetite, physical pain and "spontaneous crying," Chrissy consulted her doctor with husband John Legend by her side.
"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. (The anxiety explains some of my physical symptoms.)"
@chrissyteigen just shared the most beautiful essay discussing her experience with postpartum depression and I love her even more now 💙💙— Sasha. (@SashaDanielleC) March 7, 2017
I'll just say it: I have post partum depression. So much love to @glamourmag for letting me share something that was eating me up inside for months and months. One of the most amazing things about social media is the ability to interact candidly with friends and fans and it felt so weird knowing what I was going through but not really feeling like it was the right place to speak on it. I've always felt genuinely close to all of you and I'm insanely relieved you now know something that has been such a huge part of me for so long. My full essay is on the @glamourmag bio. ❤
"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," Teigen continued.
Read @chrissyteigen 's essay on Postpartum Depression. This woman's raw honesty deserves showers of praise. Beautiful. Funny. Great mother.— Moïse Mensah (@MensahITSME) March 6, 2017
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, postpartum depression is a condition that affects one in nine women.
As Chrissy notes in her essay, symptoms can vary.
Consult your physician for information on diagnosis and treatment.
Important note: please don't feel like you have to tiptoe around me! It is the most uncomfortable feeling ahhhh only downside to sharing PPD— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 6, 2017
All of a sudden everyone's "how are you!" turns to "how arrrrrre you??????" know what I'm saying? No? Yes? Ah— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 6, 2017