(Healthline) – Not once, not twice, but three times it has happened to singer Alanis Morissette.
She has worked her way through postpartum depression with the birth of each of her three children.
The Grammy award winner has now opened up about her recurring experience with the post-birth condition.
In a personal essay, she writes, “I have been here before. I know there is another side. And the other side is greater than my PPD-riddled-temporarily-adjusted-brain could have ever imagined: as a mom, as an artist, as a wife, as a friend, as a collaborator, as a leader, as a boss, as an activist.”
Morissette shares a reminder for herself and others that postpartum symptoms as well as life itself does improve with time.
“I saw how things got richer after I came through it the last two times,” she writes.
And this time, Morissette says, she was prepared.
“I knew better so I set it up to win as much as I could beforehand. Support. Food. Friends. Sun. Bio-identical hormones and SSRI’s at the ready… but for all this preparation, PPD is still a sneaky monkey with a machete — working its way through my psyche and body and days and thoughts and bloodwork levels,” she writes.
Anyone can have postpartum depression
Experts say 1 in 9 women in the United States will experience postpartum depressionTrusted Source.
Symptoms commonly appear a week to a month after childbirth but can also develop before birth and months after delivery.
“The postpartum period is the most frequent time that women experience their first major depressive episode,” said Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP, clinical health psychologist, visiting associate professor, and clinical director at the Women’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Service Line at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Moreover, up to 80 percent of women will experience some form of perinatal depression or “baby blues.” Knowing what to watch for can prevent further problems.
Signs and symptoms of depressive episodes are varied and include excessive crying, inability to concentrate or retain new information, feelings of worthlessness and guilt, and a desire to escape.