Joining the recent influx of celebrities opening up about their mental health, Sarah Michelle Gellar has shared her struggle with postnatal depression.
The Buffy actress is mother to four-year-old Rocky James Prinze with husband and fellow actor Freddie Prinze Jnr. The couple also share a seven-year-old, Charlotte Grace Prinze.
Addressing her story on an Instagram post, Michelle Gellar began by saying that she “loves her children more than anything in the world”.
“Having kids is wonderful, and life changing, and rarely what you’re prepared for,” Gellar wrote in the post.
“I love my children more than anything in the world.”
“But like a lot of women, I too struggled with postpartum depression after my first baby was born.”
“I got help, and made it through, and every day since has been the best gift I could ever have asked for. To those of you going through this, know that you’re not alone and that it really does get better.”
“And if you believe that postpartum depression should be covered by healthcare, please take a moment and go totoday, find your rep’s numbers and let them know. ”
The Instagram has been highly praised on social media, and has received over 120,000 likes since it was posted.
President Donald Trump’s new controversial healthcare bill refers to certain mental conditions as Pre-Existing Conditions, and several prolific stars have since spoken out against the healthcare bill.
Chrissy Teigan, Drew Barrymore and Adele have all opened up about postpartum depression in the past. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Adele revealed:
“My knowledge of postpartum-or post-natal [depression], as we call it in England, is that you don’t want to be with your child; you’re worried you might hurt your child; you’re worried you weren’t doing a good job,”
“But I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate; I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life . . . . It can come in many different forms.”
Carol Vorderman also spoke out this week in aid of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, about how the menopause affected her.