Even former ‘Pretty Little Liars’ star Shay Mitchell isn’t immune from depression!
The star just revealed that she suffered major, SEVERE depression at the beginning of her pregnancy. Speaking to Hatchland, the 32-year-old actress says: “As long as I can remember, I’ve heard about postpartum depression. However, to be depressed at the beginning came as a shock. The isolation and anxiety I experienced was crippling. I thought I was going out of my mind and questioned why nobody ever talked to me about this phase,” she said. “I’ve been fortunate since sharing the news of my pregnancy to have some amazing conversations with other pregnant women and moms and know that all these feelings are ‘normal,’ so now we just need to normalize them by discussing more openly.” She continues: “With the first pregnancy, I was elated and told everyone at eight weeks. However, I wanted to be sure that this second pregnancy would be viable before shouting it from the rooftops, so I hid it for nearly six months and became very anti-social. Usually, I’m incredibly active and outgoing, but instead, I mainly stayed home to avoid stares and questions. I was extremely lonely.”
Mitchell goes on to say that she felt people were judging her because of her weight gain: “Pregnancy can be a hard time, especially if you’re having to hide it. After I came out publicly, I felt an enormous wave of relief and was finally able to start enjoying the pregnancy.” For more of Shay’s Hatchland interview click here and let us know: SHOULD SHAY HAVE LET PEOPLE KNOW SHE WAS PREGNANT AND AVOID THE DEPRESSION? DON’T YOU THINK THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN SMARTER TO DO? … OR IS SHE JUST A PRETTY LITTLE LIAR? LET US KNOW!!!