Kendra Wilkinson Opens Up About Postpartum Depression

kendra wilkinsonWe're supposed to be able to talk about postpartum depression these days, right? Not like back when our grandmothers were having babies and nobody talked about any kind of depression at all. But it's still something we feel like we have to hide and suffer through on our own (which certainly doesn't help us get better).

That's why I give Kendra Wilkinson a lot of credit for talking about her own experience with the PPD, which she describes as a "black hole" so deep, she considered suicide at times.

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"I was a mess and a wreck. I felt like nobody cared about me anymore," says Wilkinson of the time after baby Hank Jr. was born.

"I thought about harming myself."

As any woman who's suffered through PPD (myself included) knows, the horrifying tumble down that black hole is like no other. Because in addition to the feelings of desolation and sorrow and everything else that comes with a crippling depression, there's the guilt and the fear: This is supposed to be the happiest time of my life. I love my baby so much, why do I feel this way? If anybody knew how I felt, they'd take the baby away from me.

The only way out of PPD is to talk about what you're going through; ironically, that's the last thing you want to do when you're down at the bottom of that black hole. So it's incredibly important that we keep this discussion going.

Hopefully, the more people in the public eye who come forward, the more women will feel comfortable doing the same. It's especially important that Kendra also talks about how she got the help she needed -- she didn't just try to deal with PPD alone. She was even brave enough to admit that her PPD almost destroyed her marriage, another common side effect of the condition nobody likes to mention.

Did you suffer from postpartum depression?

 

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