Looking fabulous on the outside sometimes has nothing to do with what is going on inside, and Rachel Platten wants you to know that.
On Sunday, May 27th The “Fight Song” singer opened up that she has been struggling with postpartum anxiety since the birth of her daughter, Violet Skye Lazan, in January.
Platten posted a selfie on Instagram looking gorgeous in a beautiful fluffy robe and then went on to explain that looking gorgeous was the opposite of how she was feeling.
“I’ve cried a lot in green rooms, cried through feedings, cried huddled on the bus knowing I have months of this to go wondering what on earth I got myself into with an infant?” she wrote in her post and then went on to urge other women who feel like they are drowning to please REACH OUT!
Rachel Platten joins a growing list of celebrities who are speaking out about postpartum perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in order to erase stigma and to encourage other moms to know that are not alone and seek help.
Recently, Adam Levine’s wife Behati Prinsloo, revealed that she had postpartum depression after her first child and Chrissy Teigen continues to be an outspoken advocate who recently launched the #MyWishForMoms campaign with Allegheny Health Network to bring more awareness to the issues of maternal mental health.
While the awareness around postpartum depression has increased in the last few years, often less talked about is postpartum anxiety. Lisa Tremayne, Director of the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Long Branch, NJ states that 8 out of 10 women they see suffer from postpartum anxiety not depression. “Most of the women we see initially do not reach out for help because they were not experiencing symptoms of depression.”
As many as 800,000 women suffer from postpartum depression, anxiety or other forms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder every year.
If you or someone you know are having thoughts about suicide or harming yourself please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).