Model and TV personality, Chrissy Teigen seems to have it all. She's undeniably gorgeous, has a personality that's never boring, is married to a talented, caring, and handsome man – John Legend, and has a brand new baby girl, named Luna. At 31-years-old, Teigen has become one of the most successful women in the public eye and shows no signs of slowing down. At least that's what we've thought up until this point.
Yes, she is still a sought-after model, super popular as co-host of Lip Sync Battle, and her marriage is doing just fine, but until she penned a recent article for Glamour magazine, the world was unaware that the new mom was suffering in silence about her battle with postpartum depression.
In her personal self-written piece, she noted, "I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy." She added, "Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders—even my wrists—hurt. I didn't have an appetite." While at work she reveals, "My eyes would well up and I would burst into tears."
Teigen began to stop leaving the house, except for work. She couldn't even muster up the energy to make it upstairs to her bedroom and began sleeping on the couch. She became withdrawn and quiet – a far cry from the Teigen we all know and love.
Finally, before the winter holidays, with her devoted husband by her side, Teigen visited the doctor to try to find the reasons behind her physical and mental pain. It was then she was given the postpartum depression diagnosis.
Teigen said she is sharing her story because, "I want people to know it can happen to anybody and I don't want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone." She is currently seeing a therapist and is on medication and is feeling like a new person, or at least more like the "normal" version of herself she wanted back.
Thankfully, women like Teigen are open to sharing their experiences, even when they can be tough to talk about.
For more on postpartum depression, please see WebMD's information about what it is, who's at risk, the common symptoms, and treatment options.