“It's a roller coaster,” says the 43-year-old entertainer about the crippling PPD she’s been battling since last summer. The star revealed that this is her second experience with postpartum.
“As a kid, I imagined having children and being with an amazing partner. This is a whole other wrench I didn’t anticipate,” she told PEOPLE.
After welcoming Ever in 2010, she began feeling symptoms of the disorder—intense physical pain, insomnia, lethargy and “horrifyingly scary” visions of her family being harmed.
Friends and family suggested that the star was just going through “baby blues” but the star knew that this was something far more serious. She knew that she needed more “in-depth help.”
The new mom was finally diagnosed with PPD after being suspicious about her symptoms. She immediately began a combination of medication and homeopathic treatment. “It’s very isolating,” she says. I’m used to being the rock…providing, protecting, and maneuvering. It had me question everything,” said the star.
Although Alanis began seeing relief from her PPD symptoms, she won’t let fear stop her from having another baby.
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