'Hunger Games' Star Jena Malone Reveals Battle With Depression

By David Konow 08/29/17

The 32-year-old mother opened up about battling postpartum depression on her Instagram page.

Jena Malone

Actress Jena Malone became a mother last year, giving birth to a son, Ode Mountain, who is now 14 months old. Like a lot of celebrities, she’s sharing her struggles with depression with her fans through social media. Malone began her post on Instagram by writing: “Motherhood, depression and self worth.”

“I don’t have anything beautiful to say,” she continued. “Except that this struggle is real. The sharp edges are too much to hold without compassion. I’m struggling with this. Compassion for myself and this moment of growth in my life. I know I am not alone in this. I guess I just needed to share, in hopes of being seen and feeling not so very much alone”

Malone took a break from social media—as many celebrities often do to maintain their sanity—and returned to write about her experiences as a new mother. She writes in a post on her blog, Our Mountain Family, “The things that seemed important to me before my son came into the world just didn’t feel as important now.”

Malone’s message definitely struck a nerve, and as HuffPost reports, fellow mothers enthusiastically responded to her post. One wrote, “You are most definitely not alone. I went through it with both of my babies. Send you much love!!!” Another poster wrote, “Depression is hard enough, but with a little person to take care of as well, it can feel like you’re drowning. You are not alone, even when it feels like nobody else cares. Surround yourself with people who make you happy! Talk to someone who has been there—there’s a lot of us!”

In another Instagram post, Malone acknowledged that she had to be strong for her son, but that her son’s love made her strong too. “For you I will make my skin impenetrable against the wind and the blackberry bramble,” she wrote. “I will take your pain and your fear and your skin bruised soft by falls and kiss them over and over again until you find your courage. I can not give you courage. I can only show you mine… You will protect me from the wind and the sharp edges of your heartbreaks.”

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