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Gwyneth Paltrow: Depression shouldn’t be taboo

Published 15/10/2015

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow found it “very difficult” to cope when she struggled with postpartum depression following the birth of her son, but admits the battle ended up being something of a blessing in disguise.

Gwyneth Paltrow insists postpartum depression is nothing to be ashamed about.

The 43-year-old actress struggled following the birth of her son Moses, her second child with now ex husband Chris Martin, back in 2006.

Gwyneth has never made a secret of her battle with depression, but the topic has been hitting headlines once again after new mother Hayden Panettiere revealed this week she has been hospitalised as she receives treatment for the mood disorder.

As she attended the La Mer Celebrates 50 Years of an Icon event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (14Oct15), Gwyneth said she doesn’t feel the topic should still be the taboo subject that it is.

"Luckily, [my case] was low grade enough that I didn't have to be hospitalised, but it's a very debilitating thing, and I think there's so much shame around it and there shouldn't be," Gwyneth told Entertainment Tonight. "It's something that happens, it's something that befalls many women after they have a baby. So I try to wrap [my head around] the whole thing, and even at the time, it was very difficult to go through, that it was happening,"

Gwyneth is now in a very content place in her life, as she is mother to two wonderful children and is in a happy relationship with boyfriend Brad Falchuk.

While she acknowledges the postpartum depression was a difficult experience to go through, Gwyneth now feels that it was something of a blessing in disguise.

Dealing with the issue meant Gwyneth had to face some of her other problems, which she has now managed to move on from.

“For me, it ended up being a wonderful opportunity to explore some underlying issues that I think the depression kind of brought out,” she said.

"So I try to wrap [my head around] the whole thing, and even at the time, it was very difficult to go through, that it was happening. It was in my life for a reason and I tried to use that opportunity to try to really get in there and heal some stuff."

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