Celebrities with Postpartum Depression: Alanis Morissette

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Alanis MorissetteThe entertainment media world has exploded this week with news that singer Alanis Morissette struggled with postpartum depression.

Hundreds of thousands of women have PPD at any one time, of course, but whenever there are stories about celebrities with postpartum depression my Twitter stream gets throttled and my Google alerts go through the roof. Everyone wants to talk about famous moms with postpartum depression.

I’m glad she shared her experience with People magazine and other media outlets. It’s frustrating that we can’t get the media to talk about all the women who are suffering, and how few of them are able to get the help they deserve, but I’m glad they are willing to report on Alanis, along with other celebrities with postpartum depression, like Bryce. And Gwyneth. And Kendra. And Lisa. And Amanda. And Angie. And Brooke.

The more women who talk about PPD, the better.

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About Katherine Stone

is the founder & editor of Postpartum Progress. She was named one of the ten most influential mom bloggers of 2011, a WebMD Health Hero and one of the top 25 parent bloggers using social media for social good. She also writes the Fierce Blog, and a parenting column for Disney's Babble.com.

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  1. This is amazing how you have this set up. How we can save a child’s live by posting a comment. Don’t know how it works but I’m doing it.

  2. Somehow it is a confirmation that ppd is not selective. That anyone can get it.
    I to wish that the media would spend more attention to ‘common’ moms suffering from ppd. But I am glad about famous people opening up. It’s not easy, they are subject of discussion and judgement and it could very well have effect on their career.
    Brooke Shields is actually the reason why and how I found out that I was suffering from ppd.