Alanis Morissette talks about postpartum depression medication and & # 39; gruesome & # 39; obsessive thoughts
Alanis Morissette speaks again about fighting postpartum depression after the birth of each of her three children and describes the fear and & # 39; compulsive, obsessive thoughts & # 39; she has experienced since her youngest was born in August.
The 45-year-old welcomed her son Winter Mercy two months ago, and earlier this month shared a candid essay on her website about postpartum depression.
Today she continued CBS This morning about the ordeal, sharing how she sought professional help and documenting her experience to help remove the stigma of mental illness.
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Candid talk: Alanis Morissette speaks again about fighting postpartum depression
New baby: 45-year-old welcomed her son Winter Mercy two months ago, and earlier this month shared a candid essay on her website about postpartum depression
Alanis gave birth to Winter Mercy Morissette-Treadway in August, a brother to the eight-year-old son Ever Imre and the three-year-old daughter Onyx Solace.
In an essay about her website earlier this month, she revealed that after the birth of her first two children, she had had a postpartum depression, but had not expected it again this time.
However, it came with symptoms such as sleep deprivation, fog, physical pain, feelings of isolation and anxiety.
& # 39; This time it is less depression, it is more anxiety and a bit more of the compulsive, obsessive thoughts, & # 39; she told CBS this morning.
Ik I mean, images that are horrible, just often about the safety of the people you love, your loved ones, your children … and then I have to remind myself: "Oh no, this is just postpartum depression who comes in again. Stop. "& # 39;
What a sweetheart! She also shared a new photo of the baby on Instagram today
Small family: Alanis gave birth in August to Winter Mercy Morissette-Treadway, a brother to the eight-year-old son Ever Imre and the three-year-old daughter Onyx Solace
"This time it's less depression, it's more anxiety and a bit more of compulsive, obsessive thoughts," she said about her PPD
Terrible: she described & # 39; horrible images, but often about safety about the people you love, your loved ones, your children & # 39;
She said she was trying to keep going until she talked to a professional who explained that she was going the wrong way.
& # 39; My survival strategy can be continued … and then I spoke with a professional who knew everything about postpartum depression. And I asked her, "Will this go away if I just knuckle white through it?" she said, "No, it's actually getting worse."
& # 39; So as soon as I heard that, … I immediately started taking medication. & # 39;
She also meditates, leans on loved ones and writes music.
& # 39; If I am in a state, emotionally sad, angry, panicked, lonely, isolated, depressed, I can write. Thank goodness for that, & she said.
Although there are times when they & # 39; are a bit stubborn & # 39; becomes and thinks it becomes easier, & # 39;I don't think about it in terms of cure because I know that postpartum is not something that lasts a week. You know, for me it's at least two years, maybe a little longer, & she said.
Coping strategies: she meditates, leans on loved ones and writes music to get through, and also starts using medication
Loving life: despite her struggles, the possibility of ending up in a postpartum depression has never prevented her from growing her family
Despite her struggles, the possibility of ending up in a postpartum depression never prevented her from growing her family.
& # 39; Because I had experienced the other side of postpartum depression and had this relationship … I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I would be willing to go through it again. I know that sounds a bit insane, but you know, I am willing to sacrifice for future gain. I've done it a million times. & # 39;
She also hopes that sharing her own story will help break the stigmas surrounding mental illness.
& # 39; There is something about describing the experience in real time. If the goal is a stigma-free perception of mental illness or mental health conversation, it is important to really understand and give the details of the inside.
Alanis had been quite frank in her essay on her website on October 6 and explained how she retains a sense of hope.
& # 39; Because I had experienced the other side of postpartum depression and had this relationship … I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, & # 39; she said
Online: Alanis had been quite frank in her essay on her website on October 6 and explained how she retains a sense of hope
& # 39; I've been here before. I know there is another side. And the other side is bigger than my PPD-soaked-temporarily adjusted brain could ever have imagined: as a mother. like an artist. like a woman. like a friend. as an employee. as a leader. like a boss. as an activist, & she wrote.
& # 39; I saw things get richer after I got through them the last two times. I notice that price again … even while I drag my a ** through the molasses.
& # 39; There is so much more support this time. I knew better so I set it up to win as much as I could. Support. Food. Friends. Such a. Bio-identical hormones and SSRIs are ready.
& # 39; Some parts of the care prep were an outcome and well planned. But for all of these preparations – PPD is still a sneaky monkey with a machete – she makes its way through my psyche and body and days and thoughts and blood work levels, & she continued.
She promised more soon and concluded: & I am here. With you. We are not alone. & # 39;
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