This week, the American Brain Society is hugging celebrity Chrissy Teigen. A Sports Illustrated cover girl, a New York Times best-selling cookbook author, social media darling and wife of Grammy-winning singer, John Legend, she has publicly shared her struggles with postpartum depression and anxiety.
Though she’s an open book to the media, it took her nearly a full year to go public about her postpartum depression—possibly because it took her nearly that long to realize she had it. In addition to feeling sadness, hopelessness, irritability, and anxiety, she noticed that she had zero interest in food. For someone like Chrissy who’s become a part of the culinary scene, it was like a flashing warning sign.
She has since used her fame and platform to raise awareness and support other moms suffering from postpartum.
“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.”
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