Tamera Mowry-Housley first spoke out about her struggle with postpartum depression in January 2013 on her and her sister's former blog, TiaandTameraOfficial.com. Now the actress-turned-talk-show-host is speaking out again on the heels of Vanity Fair’s interview with Adele.
Mowry-Housley, co-host of "The Real," gave props to the singer for opening up about her postpartum depression in the October 2016 issue of the magazine.
Adele was asked if she had any plans of having another child since the birth of her son Angelo, in 2012.
“I’m too scared. I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son and it frightened me. I didn’t talk to anyone about it. I was very reluctant,” Adele said.
She was able to overcome PPD by giving herself an afternoon a week to do whatever she wanted without her baby in tow.
It doesn’t mean you’re weak because you have postpartum depression. You’re actually stronger once you identify it and get the help you need.
Mowry-Housley also admitted to suffering from postpartum depression as well, during a Girl Chat segment of the talk show this week.
She credits the Adele for speaking about something that women are afraid to talk about.
“A lot of people don’t know this, but I too struggled with PPD. I really appreciated that she talked about the degrees of postpartum. I thought postpartum was just that you wanted to harm yourself or you wanted to harm your child. I didn’t feel that at all. I felt like I had this dark, dark cloud above my head constantly that just wouldn’t (lift) itself.”
The former child star went on to thank her family, co-hosts and urged viewers to get a support system. She was able to get over it through research, and said it’s a lot more common that people think.
Studies have shown that up to 22 percent of all women in the U.S. face a perinatal mood disorder, which encompasses maternal mental health issues ranging from depression and anxiety during pregnancy to postpartum depression, OCD and psychosis.
It may not sound like a lot to some, but when you think of women who may be undiagnosed that number could possibly be higher.
I remember feeling a little down after giving birth. There were moments when I thought something terrible was going to happen to my baby. I never thought about seeing a therapist about it. I kept those feeling private and played along like everything was fine. Thankfully, that feeling eventually went away.
In retrospect, I should have mentioned it to my doctor. As parents, we like to sometimes act like we have everything under control because we don’t want to seem weak. But as Mowry-Housley said, “It doesn’t mean you’re weak because you have postpartum depression. You’re actually stronger once you identify it and get the help you need."