Singer Alanis Morissette shares her battle with depression after the birth of her son.
Alanis and her beau Mario “Souleye” Treadway welcomed a baby boy, Ever Imre, in December, 2010. The former ‘Weeds’ actress opened up about this birth and the struggle she went through to pull herself out of a deep post-partum depression.
She shared her birth experience with Britain’s You Magazine. “I had a natural birth at home in my bedroom. It was very long – over 25 hours – and harrowing. Not unusually for me, I was silent, so it felt like this long drug trip of a prayer that was physically excruciating. My husband saved the day. When I asked him, he would squeeze my head. At other times he would just be there and that was all I needed.”
Alanis on the dark days that followed: “The degree and intensity of my post-natal depression shocked me. I am predisposed to depression, but what surprised me this time was the physical pain. I hadn’t realised the depths to which you can ache – limbs, back, torso, head, everything hurt – and it went on for 15 months. I felt as if I was covered in tar and everything took 50 times more effort than normal. I wished I could have cried but there was no relief during that time; my version of depression is almost below crying where there is just despondency.”
The celebrity mum says that it took some time, but she’s feeling much better now: “I had various therapies and now I feel all light and springy. Thankfully, it didn’t interfere with the bond with my son, although I think that has strengthened since I got better in April.”
Alanis is one of the musicians whose name is being tossed around for one of the open judges’ seats on the next season of ‘American Idol’.
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