Chrissy Teigen has bravely opened up to her fans and followers about her struggle with post-partum depression.
In an emotional new essay for Glamour, the star revealed she has struggled with the mental illness since giving birth to her first baby with John Legend in 2016.
Chrissy has explained her struggles since having Luna, including when she began to realise what she was dealing with.
"To a lot of you, I think, I seem like the happiest person on the planet. I have an incredible husband—John and I have been together for over 10 years," she began.
"We had our daughter, Luna, who is perfect. She is somehow exactly me, exactly John, and exactly herself. I adore her. I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy."
"I was different than before. Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful," she wrote.
“When I wasn’t in the studio, I never left the house. I mean, never. Not even a tiptoe outside. Most days were spent on the exact same spot on the couch and rarely would I muster up the energy to make it upstairs for bed.”
“John would sleep on the couch with me, sometimes four nights in a row. I started keeping robes and comfy clothes in the pantry so I wouldn’t have to go upstairs when John went to work. There was a lot of spontaneous crying.”
The star went on to write that her emotional and physical symptoms eventually lead to a trip to her doctor, where she was diagnosed with post-partum depression and anxiety.
Chrissy said that she "knows" she must "sound like a whiny, entitled girl," before explaining that she understands that plenty of people suffer and don't have the same opportunity for help.
"I can’t imagine not being able to go to the doctors that I need. It’s hurtful to me to know that we have a president who wants to rip health care away from women. I look around every day and I don’t know how people do it. I’ve never had more respect for mothers, especially mothers with postpartum depression."
Chrissy also took to Instagram to share some of her story with her followers, captioning this photo: "I'll just say it: I have post partum depression. So much love to @glamourmag for letting me share something that was eating me up inside for months and months. One of the most amazing things about social media is the ability to interact candidly with friends and fans and it felt so weird knowing what I was going through but not really feeling like it was the right place to speak on it. I've always felt genuinely close to all of you and I'm insanely relieved you now know something that has been such a huge part of me for so long."
She later took to Twitter to share her experience post-essay, telling people she doesn't want to be treated with sympathy.
We're so proud of Chrissy for speaking out on such an important issue.
This article originally appeared on InStyle.
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