Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Her Post-Natal Depression

January 5, 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Her Post-Natal Depression

Gwyneth Paltrow has opened up for the first time about the post-natal depression she suffered after the birth of her second child, son Moses.

“I felt like a zombie. I couldn’t access my heart. I couldn’t access my emotions. I couldn’t connect,” the 38-year-old said in an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine.

While the months following her daughter Apple’s birth in 2004 was blissful, Paltrow says things couldn’t have been more different when Moses was born, two years later.

“It was terrible, it was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on cloud nine. I couldn’t believe it wasn’t the same. I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person.”

Paltrow’s husband, Coldplay’s Chris Martin thought she was suffering from post-natal depression and was the first one to approach her about it.

“About four months into it, Chris came to me and said, ‘Something’s wrong. Something’s wrong,’ ” Paltrow reveals. “I kept saying, ‘No, no, I’m fine.’ But Chris identified it, and that sort of burst the bubble.”

Paltrow said it was hard to recognise it as the depression manifests in so many different ways for different women. “I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child,” she explains. “But there are different shades of it and depths of it, which is why I think it’s so important for women to talk about it. It was a trying time. I felt like a failure.”

She says their marriage has come out stronger because of his support. “I can depend on him,” Paltrow says. “He makes me laugh. He’s really appreciative of me. You know, he makes me feel special…But you have to communicate. Otherwise there’s no relationship.”

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