Chrissy Teigen has revealed that she has battled postpartum depression since the birth of her daughter Luna last April.
Perhaps best known as the hilarious co-host of the American musical reality competition, Lip Sync Battle, Teigen broke the news via an Instagram post this morning, citing Glamour Magazine as the medium through which she found a channel for confession.
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. ❤
Teigen then links followers to an essay via Glamour Magazine’s Instagram bio. In the essay, she talks about how she had been “unhappy” for much of the last year, and discovered she was suffering from postpartum depression in December.
“How can I feel this way when everything is so great? I’ve had a hard time coming to terms with that… I can already envision what will be said about me after this admission. But it’s such a major part of my life and so, so many other women’s lives. It would feel wrong to write anything else.”
She also divulges that she found it difficult to return to work as co-host on Lip Sync Battle.
“I went back to work on Lip Sync Battle in August, when Luna was four months. The show treated me incredibly well—I mean, there was no better place to get to go back to work to…But I was different than before. Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful.”
“One thing that really got me was just how short I was with people… I would lose it. My eyes would well up and I would burst into tears.”
Teigen goes on to explain the whole process of how she finally got to the doctor and got a diagnosis of postpartum depression and anxiety. It explained all the symptoms and it is truly inspiring to read about how she and John got on the path to recovery, to restore Chrissy to the cheery woman we all know and love.
“Before this, I had never, ever—in my whole entire life—had one person say to me: “I have postpartum depression.”… I also just didn’t think it could happen to me. I have a great life. I have all the help I could need: John, my mother (who lives with us), a nanny. But postpartum does not discriminate.”
Postpartum depression is a condition affecting one in nine women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a common medical condition and, as Chrissy notes, symptoms can vary. Click here for more information about the condition.