Gwyneth Paltrow On Postpartum Depression: Antidepressants Were Not For Me

By Victoria Kim 10/02/18

“It was really shocking to me because I never thought that I would be a person who got postnatal depression.”

Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow rejected medication when it came to treating postpartum depression (PPD). Instead, she opted for a more holistic approach.

The wellness guru, who began building her lifestyle brand goop in 2008, says that going the medication route just wasn't for her—but she doesn’t deny that it is effective for some.

In a special edition of the goop Podcast, Paltrow described feeling depressed after the birth of her son Moses in 2006. She said it was a different experience than the birth of her daughter Apple, now 14 years old. “I was so euphoric when Apple was born, and I assumed it would happen with Mosey and it just… It took a while. I really went into a dark place.”

But when she was offered medication to treat her depression, she opted for a more holistic approach—true to her brand. “A doctor tried to put me on antidepressants and I thought, if I need them, then yes, I’ll come back to it,” she said.

“I thought, well, what if I went to therapy and I started exercising again, and I stopped drinking alcohol and I just gave myself a period of regeneration and I slept more? I really broke out of it,” she said.

While Paltrow acknowledged that medications “are lifesavers for certain people for sure," she was able to pull herself up without them. “It was really shocking to me because I never thought that I would be a person who got postnatal depression,” she said.

In a 2011 interview with Good Housekeeping, Paltrow credited then-husband Chris Martin with helping her see the problem. “About four months into it, Chris came to me and said, ‘Something’s wrong.’ I kept saying, ‘No, no, I’m fine.’ But Chris identified it, and that sort of burst the bubble,” she said at the time.

Ultimately, Paltrow discovered that there was more to PPD than she realized.

“The hardest part for me was acknowledging the problem. I thought postpartum depression meant you were sobbing every single day and incapable of looking after a child,” she said. “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.”

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