- Postpartum depression affects women soon after giving birth, miscarriage or stillbirth
- Bryce Dallas Howard wrote a detailed letter about her experience with postpartum depression
- She says, an individual with postpartum depression must never be afraid to ask for help
- Connecting with other people who had experienced postpartum depression also helped Howard heal
Many celebrities have come up to create awareness about postpartum depression. The Jurassic World actress Bryce Dallas Howard is one among them, and she wrote a detailed letter about her experience with the condition on goop.
Postpartum depression affects women soon after giving birth. Its symptoms include hopelessness and sadness. The condition also occurs in women after miscarriage and stillbirth. The condition should be treated immediately. Its treatment options are counseling and antidepressants.
Howard wrote, “Before Theo was born, I had been in good humor about my 80-pound weight gain, but I was now mortified by it. I felt I was failing at breast-feeding. My house was a mess. I believed I was a terrible dog owner. I was certain I was an awful actress; I dreaded a film I was scheduled to shoot only a few weeks after the birth because I could barely focus enough to read the script. And worst of all, I definitely felt I was a rotten mother—not a bad one, a rotten one. Because the truth was, every time I looked at my son, I wanted to disappear.”
The letter reveals that Howard visited an expert for a checkup. The midwife gave her a questionnaire, rating answers on a scale from one to five. But the actor deliberately gave all perfect answers so that the midwife couldn’t come to a right conclusion.
Later Seth Gabel, her husband, created a plan. He took her again to the midwife. This time, Howard answered all the questions honestly. The midwife suggested a homeopathic treatment plan. As part of it, Howard consulted a doctor – he later oversaw her care – and sought advice from a therapist who diagnosed her with postpartum depression.
She concludes the letter with advice that a woman with postpartum depression must never be afraid to ask for help.
Connecting with other individuals who had experienced Postpartum depression and reading Down Came the Rain written by Brook Shields also helped Howard heal.
Howard made her acting debut in the movie Parenthood in 1989. She became more recognizable to people as Victoria in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. She also played roles in Terminator Salvation (2009) and Jurassic World (2015).