Alanis Morissette has recently spoken out on behalf of women suffering from postpartum depression, a condition she experienced following the birth of both of her children.
She shared that the first time around, she was experiencing symptoms such as lethargy, scary visions, pain, and sleeplessness, but never thought to reach out for help until her son was over a year old.
But after giving birth to her second child, named Onyx, last year, she has become more vocal about removing the stigma of experiencing postpartum depression, in order to better help herself manage the condition, as well as to encourage other new mothers to get help.
She told People in a recent interview, “There are days I’m debilitated to the point where I can barely move. It’s very isolating. I’m used to being the Rock of Gibraltar, providing, protecting and maneuvering. It had me question everything. I’ve known myself to be a really incredible decision-maker and a leader that people can rely on. [Now] I can barely decide what to eat for dinner.”
She continued to say that for as much energy as she is putting in towards treating herself, she doesn’t want it to affect the bonds she creates with her children.
“My main priority is that I want to make sure both of my children are loved and bonded with and provided for,” she said. “I want to keep as much semblance of normalcy for my kids as I can because I don’t want [PPD] to be their burden.”
Morissette shared that she can instantly connect with other mothers going through the same thing, even in how they make eye contact with one another.
She is not the first celebrity to speak out about the difficulties new mothers face, as it’s important for any mother to know that they are not alone in how they are feeling. Morissette just wants to remind mothers that despite the struggle of PPD, know that “there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”