Alyssa Milano sought treatment for postpartum depression, anxiety
Alyssa Milano checked herself into a psychiatric hospital in 2011 for generalized anxiety disorder and postpartum depression.
In an essay for Time, Milano, 45, revealed that she suffered a miscarriage two years before welcoming her first child, son Milo, in August 2011 — and that Milano suffered from complications when going into labor with him that required an emergency C-section.
Once she and Milo got home from the hospital, it wasn’t much easier for her, as she was wracked with guilt over his birth.
“That first night, after we returned from the hospital, I suffered my first anxiety attack,” she wrote. “I felt like I had already disappointed my child. I felt like I failed as a mother, since I was not able to give birth vaginally or nourish him with the breast milk that had not come in yet. My heart raced. My stomach seized up. I felt like I was dying.”
Her next anxiety attack occurred when Milo fell ill a week before she was due to begin working on a TV show. The former “Who’s the Boss” star said that being at work and away from her son exacerbated her anxiety attacks and guilt. This was compounded by the fact that Milano claims her pain “was not taken seriously.”
“Every day, I would drive to work and think about all the ways that Milo could die in the hands of his caretakers. Every night, after working 16-hour days, after I was finally able to hold my child and put him to sleep, my day’s anxiety would culminate into a debilitating anxiety attack,” she recalled.
“Finally, I hit a wall,” she wrote. “One early morning, I went to the emergency room at 2:00 AM, asked for a psychiatrist and got help. I felt as though I had no choice: I asked to be committed; I stayed in a public psychiatric ward for three days.”
While Milano credited her therapist and psychiatrist with helping her recovery, she claims that her colleagues (including many women) didn’t understand her struggle. She continues to go to therapy and seek help and implored to support mental health awareness initiatives.
She concluded, “If you see me on the street, please come tell me that I am not alone.”
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