Alanis Morissette struggling with 'horrifyingly scary' postpartum depression
This June 20, 2014 file photo Alanis Morissette arrives at the 4th Annual Production Of The 24 Hour Plays After-Party in Santa Monica, Calif. Federal prosecutors say a business manager who embezzled more than $6.5 million from Morissette and other entertainment and sports figures has agreed to plead guilty. Jonathan Todd Schwartz agreed Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 to plead guilty in Los Angeles federal court to two felonies that carry a maximum of 23 years in federal prison. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP,File)
Alanis Morissette is still struggling with “horrifyingly scary” postpartum depression symptoms after welcoming her daughter last year.
The Jagged Little Pill hitmaker gave birth to Onyx Solace, her second child with rapper husband Mario Treadway, on 23 June, but she has not yet broken free from the illness, which plagues many new mums.
“There are days I’m debilitated to the point where I can barely move,” she tells People magazine. “As a kid, I imagined having children and being with an amazing partner. This is a whole other wrench I didn’t anticipate.”
The 43-year-old singer first experienced postpartum depression when son Ever was born in 2010, and she explains her symptoms, such as insomnia, intense physical pain, lethargy, and “horrifyingly scary” visions of her loved ones being harmed, returned mere “seconds” after she gave birth to Onyx.
“It’s (the condition) very isolating,” she shares. “I’m used to being the Rock of Gibraltar, providing, protecting and manoeuvring. It had me question everything. I’ve known myself to be a really incredible decision maker and a leader that people can rely on. (Now), I can barely decide what to eat for dinner.”
Alanis has been exercising, using a combination of prescribed medication and homeopathic remedies, writing music and talking to therapists in a bid to relieve herself of the postpartum funk.
“There are people who are like, ‘Where’s the old Alanis?’ and I just think, ‘Well, she’s in here. She’s having a minute’,” she sighs. “I just know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and try not to beat myself up.”
The star has spoken out about her problems in a bid to help other women who may be struggling: “There’s this version of eye contact that I have with women who have been through postpartum depression, where it’s this silent, ‘Oh my God, I love you. I’m so sorry’.”