Ivanka Trump Speaks Up About Her Struggles With Postpartum Depression

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 22, 2017

But on Thursday, Ivanka opened up about an emotional, still-taboo issue during her much-publicized interview on The Dr. Oz Show: She suffered from postpartum depression after giving birth to each of her children.

The first daughter, who serves as a senior adviser to her father President Donald Trump, returned to her native NY for the United Nations General Assembly this week where she made an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show.

"With each of my three children, I had some level of postpartum depression", Trump said during the interview.

Trump said that because she had enjoyed easy pregnancies, "the juxtaposition hit me even harder". Theodore was born in March 2016, in the midst of the 2016 Republican primaries, during which Trump often hit the campaign trail with her father. Panic attacks, constant anxiety, feelings of worthlessness, uncontrollable sadness are listed as symptoms, alongside the simply put experience of "misery".

Trump said she didn't anticipate bringing it up during the interview, but considers it an issue that affects families everywhere.

"I consider myself a very hard-charging person".

For most of President Trump's multiple decade foray through the limelight, his elder daughter Ivanka has been a regular presence by his side. I am ambitious. I am passionate.

When host Dr. Mehmet Oz asked, why talk about postpartum depression? "I am driven. But this is something that affects parents all over the country", she said. Approximately 4 percent of fathers experience depression in the first year after their child's birth, according to a 2010 study from the National Institutes of Health. Trump, 35, joins Chrissy Teigen, Adele, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brooke Shields and other prominent women who have been vocal about the condition.

Earlier this year psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks wrote in the New York Times that many women are "ashamed to speak openly about their complicated experiences for fear of being judged". "They're not necessarily sad but anxious and worried".

Advocates say that in recent years, more mothers are learning about and treating the illness, with medical providers screening for depression more routinely and lawmakers beginning to look for ways to expand treatment options. The plan allows states to apply for waivers to let insurers opt out of Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, protections, such as maternity coverage.

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