Take a quick look at her Instagram and you might be pretty envious of Chrissy Teigen. She’s married to John Legend, she has tons of friends, always seems to be having fun and now has a new addition to keep her busy—her adorable daughter, Luna.
But it turns out that even though Teigen may seem to share her whole life on the internet, she was keeping one secret—until now.
“I’ll just say it: I have post partum depression,” she wrote in an Instagram post on March 6. “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.”
Teigen recently penned an essay for Glamour, revealing her struggle. In it, she says she had everything she needed to be happy, and yet, she wasn’t.
“What basically everyone around me—but me—knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression,” she writes. “How can I feel this way when everything is so great?”
Teigen says she didn’t think something like this could happen to her. She loves her life and has all the help she needs, but postpartum depression and anxiety do not discriminate.
“I’m speaking up now because I want people to know it can happen to anybody and I don’t want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone,” she writes.
Teigen wrote the essay in February, just over a month after being diagnosed. She says in just that short time, she is “a much different human.”
We thank Chrissy for being so open with her life and the struggle that many women face around the globe. An estimated 10-20 percent of mothers suffer from postpartum depression, though the number of those affected is likely higher when you factor in those who don’t receive treatment.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression, do not be afraid to seek help.