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Adele on Postpartum Depression

Adele was suffering from postpartum depression after giving birth to her son. She said that she sometimes “mourns” the person she was before becoming a mother. She felt that she’d lost parts of herself she won’t ever get back. She was basically feeling loss of her freedom when she says "There are definitely a few elements of myself that I don't think I'll ever get back," she said. "More than anything, it's the freedom of being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Going somewhere and not having to prioritize someone else. Whereas my number one priority with everything I do since I had Angelo, which is in life, in work, is obviously my son."  She feels that it feels mushy because of only giving, giving and only giving to something who is not even able to talk to you. She also said “Having no time to even brush my teeth, let alone write a record or hang out with my friends. My friends, my hobbies, the things I like doing without a baby, are things that make me who I am. And I didn’t really have access to that for a while. It definitely gets easier as they get older, it really does.”

She also had talked about how unfulfilled expectations affect you. She told in the interview that she has withdrawn herself from family and friends and she also felt helpless as she has to quit her hobbies. It was quite a tough time for her from not getting to do what she wants to do that time. She has gone through therapy and counselling to overcome from postpartum depression. Counseling helped her in coming out of postpartum depression. And also she has decided to take some me time in a day along with support of other women and it helped her in beating postpartum depression. Psychotherapy, also known as "therapy" for short, refers to a variety of treatment techniques. During psychotherapy, a depressed person speaks with a licensed and trained mental healthcare professional who assists the person in identifying and working through the factors that may be triggering the postpartum depression.  Taking care of post partum depression's psychological and psychosocial aspects is just as important as treating its medical cause.

Other celebrities who also suffered from postpartum depression includes Cardi B, Maren Morris (turned to online counseling), Sarah Michellle Gellar, Angelina Jolie, Amanda Peet, Lisa Rinna. These celebrities also have suffered from all the adverse effects of postpartum depression. Postpartum depression sometimes can also be confused with baby blues, but it is more than that in terms of intensity and the time period, and also they can interfere with your ability to performing as a mother and also taking care of the daily tasks. Symptoms usually appear within the first few weeks of giving birth, but they can appear earlier in pregnancy or later — up to a year after birth.


The signs and symptoms of postpartum depression is vary from person to person. Some of the symptoms can include, withdrawal from friends and family, fear of not to be a good mother,  loss of energy, loss of self confidence and interests, anger, irritated, frustrated most of the times, feeling of helplessness and hopelessness  Intense mood swings, limitless crying, feeling difficulty in bonding with the baby and so on.

This type of depression is caused by a combination of physical and emotional factors rather than a single cause. Hormone levels (oestrogen and progesterone) in a woman's body drop rapidly after childbirth. This decrease in hormones can cause chemical changes in the mother's brain, which can cause mood swings. Furthermore, most mothers are unable to get the rest they require to fully recover from childbirth, which can result in physical discomfort and exhaustion. Constant sleep deprivation can exacerbate postpartum depression symptoms.

If you think, after the delivery of your baby you are having symptoms of crying spells, anxiety, guilt, nightmares etc. take free online assessment on post-partum depression, as a first step and then seek online consultation with best Clinical Psychologist near me or Best Psychiatrist near me at Best Online Mental Health Platform India.

Due to a lack of time for yourself, online counseling can be beneficial. Your online counsellor can assist you in determining the severity of your postpartum depression and the appropriate treatment.


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Along with treatment the person needs to work on themselves by taking care of themselves. And for that some self care tips for postpartum depression can be as follows:

  • Requesting that family and friends care for your child for short periods of time, allowing you to sleep, run errands, or exercise.
  • Don't expect to be a perfect parent or to resume your life before becoming a mother. (expectations)
  • Accepting that being a parent is difficult for everyone (not just you) and that it is acceptable to seek assistance.
  • Joining any support group or mindful training.
  • Taking some me time.