Sarah Michelle Gellar Reveals Postpartum Depression Struggle

The actress opened up about her experience with postpartum depression, and she used her platform to make an important point about the rights mothers who struggle with this deserve.

Celebrity voices have pushed the incredibly important conversation surrounding postpartum depression forward in a remarkable way. Famous mothers like Chrissy Teigen, Hayden Panettiere and Drew Barrymore have spoken up about their experiences with the issue, and that's undoubtedly helped other moms recognize their own symptoms, seek help, and understand that the issue affects plenty of new mothers. Now, another celebrity has added her voice to the discussion—only this time, she's hoping to bring systematic change as well.

Sarah Michelle Gellar shared an Instagram post about her experience as a new mother years ago, and her message is both personal and topical. She made it clear that while having children is transformative in the best way, it's also anything but easy—especially for mothers who deal with postpartum depression.

"Having kids is wonderful, and life changing, and rarely what you're prepared for. I love my children more than anything in the world," she wrote. "But like a lot of women, I too struggled with postpartum depression after my first baby was born. I got help, and made it through, and every day since has been the best gift I could ever have asked for."

Sarah also encouraged other moms who are dealing with postpartum depression to keep fighting, and she made it clear that no mother is alone in this struggle. But she also put out a call to action that could change the course of how this important issue is handled on a larger level: "If you believe that postpartum depression should be covered by healthcare, please take a moment and go to today, find your rep's numbers and let them know," she wrote. 

Politics aside, we have to applaud this actress for getting real about a difficult issue, reaching out to other women in need, and educating fellow moms about how new policies will affect treatment of postpartum depression sufferers. Fellow moms are voicing tremendous support in the comment section of her post: "Thank you for using your voice:) We need to stand together, especially in this climate," one follower wrote. Another added: "Wait.. PPD won't be covered? I haven't seen the list of everything and I'm blown away by this right now."

No matter which side of this you're on, it's important that we all understand that treatment is often the very thing that saves postpartum depression and anxiety sufferers from truly terrifying fates. We believe this is something that's absolutely worth fighting for, and we can't commend Sarah enough for illuminating the issue.