Postpartum depression is a very real thing. Ask Alanis Morissette. The singer was essentially crippled by it after she gave birth to her son Ever in 2010.
“The degree and intensity of my post-natal depression shocked me," she tells You mag. "I am predisposed to depression, but what surprised me this time was the physical pain. I hadn’t realized the depths to which you can ache— limbs, back, torso, head, everything hurt— and it went on for 15 months. I felt as if I was covered in tar and everything took 50 times more effort than normal."
During that time she says she was beyond the point of feeling down and out, but that she's now thankfully recovered.
"I wished I could have cried but there was no relief during that time; my version of depression is almost below crying where there is just despondency," she says. "I had various therapies and now I feel all light and springy. Thankfully, it didn’t interfere with the bond with my son, although I think that has strengthened since I got better in April.”