Alanis Morissette says her postpartum depression has gotten ‘progressively worse’ after each pregnancy

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Alanis Morissette says her mental health imprroved after she stopped breastfeeding her third child (Image via Getty Images)
Alanis Morissette says her mental health imprroved after she stopped breastfeeding her third child (Image via Getty Images)

Alanis Morissette is getting real about her mental health since the birth of her third child.

In a new interview with TODAY, the 47-year-old singer revealed that her mental health has suffered following each of her three pregnancies — and has gotten "progressively worse" each time.

“I had postpartum depression after each pregnancy, and with each kid, it got progressively worse,” Morissette explained.

“I’m happy to say that I’m finally on the other side of it," she continued. "But it just happened in the last three months.”

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The "Ironic" singer revealed that things began to improve shortly after her youngest, Winter, 2, stopped breastfeeding.

 "He didn't want it anymore, and I didn't force it," she said.

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The Canadian singer-songwriter recalled being encouraged to exercise and get more sleep to help improve her depression. 

 “When I was in the thick of it, some people would say, ‘Oh, she just needs to go for a walk. Or, ‘She just needs some sleep!'" she said. “But news flash: It’s so multilayered. It’s biochemical, it’s neurochemical, it’s circumstantial, it’s environmental. It’s not just one thing, it's not a quick fix."

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Morissette also called her husband Mario “Souleye” Treadway a "superhero."

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“We’ve had our train-wreck moments because there’s no real way to show him what’s going on inside of my body no matter how many times I’ve attempted to articulate it,” she explained. “Unless you’ve experienced it, it’s very hard to put into words and have people grok it.”

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Ultimately, after years of debilitating anxiety and depression, the "Jagged Little Pill" singer said her mental health finally turned around once she started taking medication. However, she admitted that she had some difficulty with the stigma surrounding antidepressants.

“I had a lot of shame around being medicated,” she revealed. “But it kept me alive and I have zero regrets. If it’s needed, just do it.”

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