Gwyneth Paltrow: Depression was mortifying
Gwyneth Paltrow was "mortified" when her husband Chris Martin suggested she was suffering from postpartum depression.
The actress began experiencing the symptoms following the birth of her son Moses in 2006. At the time, Gwyneth couldn't understand why she was struggling because she had felt so happy when her daughter Apple arrived in 2004. The star's musician spouse realised she wasn't coping and broached the subject with her.
"I couldn't connect with my son the way that I had with my daughter and I couldn't understand why," she said on US TV show The Conversation 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.'"
Gwyneth believes that "you never totally get rid" of postpartum depression.
However, the 39-year-old actress found it easier to cope after she opened up about her condition. She hopes to help other sufferers by discussing it in public.
"That's why I talk about it, because even the awareness of it started to diminish it. Because I didn't feel like I'm dying or I'm crazy - period," she added. "It's like, 'Oh, this is a thing. This is a real thing and these are the symptoms and I have them all.'
"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?'"
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