Postpartum Depression is a serious condition that needs to be addressed as soon as symptoms are felt.
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Sometime in mid-2005, a war of words was being waged in Hollywood between A-list actors Brooke Shields and Tom Cruise. It began when Cruise criticized Shields during an interview for Access Hollywood for the use of an antidepressant drug called Paxil (paroxetine hydrocholride) to help her recover from postpartum depression. Cruise, an avid Scientologist, believes that all forms of psychiatry and drug treatment for mental illness are wrong. Shields later hit back in an article published in the New York Times, calling Cruise’s comments “irresponsible and dangerous,” telling him to keep his opinions to himself. She points out that in her book, “Down Came The Rain,” a personal account of her struggle with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter Rowan, she merely stressed that women should not be ashamed to get help for this distressing and possibly debilitating condition. She writes, “Don’t be ashamed, and don’t disregard what you are feeling…I recovered only because I got help.”