Alanis Morissette facing postpartum depression
In a recent interview with People magazine, Alanis Morissette opened up about her postpartum depression experience with her two kids, Ever Imre and Onyx Solace. The singer explained she first experienced PPD after giving birth to her now 6-and-a-half-year-old son, suffering insomnia, frightening visions of her family being harmed, and intense physical pain. Now Alanis is struggling with PPD again, after welcoming her daughter last year.
The Ironic hitmaker gave birth to Onyx Solace, her second child with rapper husband Mario Treadway, on 23 June 2016 and is still facing the illness, a mental disorder that affects thousands of women every year. Even though it’s usually a temporary and treatable condition, many new parents do not seek treatment because they feel ashamed for feeling depressed after the birth of a child, or they simply do not recognize the symptoms.
“There are days I’m debilitated to the point where I can barely move,” she tells People magazine. “As a kid, I imagined having children and being with an amazing partner. This is a whole other wrench I didn’t anticipate.”
The Grammy winner, 43, adds it’s a very isolating and heavy condition: “I’m used to being the Rock of Gibraltar, providing, protecting and manoeuvring. It had me question everything. I’ve known myself to be a really incredible decision maker and a leader that people can rely on. (Now), I can barely decide what to eat for dinner.”
Although the singer says she tries to protect her kids from the effects of the illness, on the other hand her husband hasn’t been so lucky: “Poor Souleye sometimes gets the dregs of my exhaustion at the end of the night. Even holding hands at this point is a deeply intimate experience.”