Posted on Fri Apr 27, 2012 09:00 AM PDT
It may seem like Gwyneth Paltrow has the perfect life, but the Oscar winner recently revealed that he suffered from postpartum depression shortly after giving birth to son Moses in April 2006.
"I couldn't connect with my son the way that I had with my daughter [Apple, now 7] and I couldn't understand why. I couldn't connect to anyone. I felt like a zombie. I felt very detached," Paltrow said on Thursday's premiere episode of Lifetime's The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet.
Thankfully, Gwynnie's hubby, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, helped her realize what the problem was.
"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,'" she added.
- "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," Paltrow continued. "I never understand why mothers judge other mothers, like, 'What do you mean you didn't breastfeed? What do you mean you didn't do this?' It's like, 'Can't we all just be on each other's side?' It's so hard anyway. Can't we all help each other get through it? There's a shame attached to it because if you say, 'I had a baby and I couldn't connect to the baby,' it's like, 'What is wrong with you?'"
The Country Strong actress admits "you never totally get rid of it, but 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. It's like, 'Oh, this is a thing. This is a real thing and these are the symptoms and I have them all.'"
Hang in there, Gwyneth!
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