In October 2002, Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow started experiencing a low phase in her life when her father, Bruce Paltrow, passed away. The guilt of not lending a helping hand to her ill father dragged Gwyneth onto the path of clinical depression and in 2005, she confessed to suffering from it.
In an interview in 2005 Gwyneth said: “I was in so much denial for so much of his illness. The thought of life without my father was totally unfathomable to me.”
The renowned ‘Iron Man’ star completely lost her mind when she could not figure out what and why she was going through what she was going through. She was really confused about her mental condition that time and today when she recalls this dreaded phase of her life, Gwyneth says: “It was a very difficult time. I just did not know what was wrong with me. I felt very detached, I felt like I was a shell of myself. I just felt like I was going through the motions of the things in my life.”
The birth of Paltrow’s daughter in May 2004, two years after her dad died and one year after she married Christ Martin of Coldplay, came as a breath of relief for the whole family and this helped Gwyneth to come out of her clinical depression. Gwyneth, who won an Oscar for her role in ‘Shakespeare In Love’, owes a lot to her daughter Apple and says: “She’s been very healing for us – for myself, my brother, my mother. For me, the greatest joy before I gave birth to her was the idea that she would be one-quarter my father.”
Gwyneth fought her depression with the support of her kids, family and friends and recovered without any medical help. Justifying this statement in an interview to Entertainment Tonight, Paltrow said: “By the time I realized I needed medication, I was already coming out of it. I really feel for any woman who’s had it or going through it, because it’s not easy.”
Actress and model Brooke Shields suffered with postpartum depression after giving birth to her daughter. Other clinically depressed celebrities include Jim Carrey, J.K. Rowling, Halle Berry, Hugh Laurie and Owen Wilson.
Author: Andrew Halpern (Flickr username:nyer82)