The actress wrote an essay for Time magazine that was all about her struggle with mental health problems. 45-year-old Alyssa Milano confessed that she was diagnosed with Generalized anxiety disorder, which was apparently ‘triggered’ by her postpartum depression.
This type of anxiety’s symptoms includes: ‘persistent worrying about a number of areas which are out of proportion to the actual impact of the events.’
In addition to that, she deals with a lot of fatigue and nervousness as well sometimes.
In her very personal essay, the star opened up about miscarrying a couple of years before she welcomed her first son, Milo.
This birth was not without problems either. Not too long before she was expected to go into labor, the actress suffered some complication which led to her getting a C-section instead.
Her son with hubby Dave Bugliary was born almost a day after her labor began and she experienced a lot of pain.
‘That night, after we returned from the hospital, I suffered my first anxiety attack. I felt like I had already disappointed my child. I felt like I failed as a mother since I wasn’t able to give birth vaginally or to 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,’ Milano writes.
She went on to share that her second anxiety attack came when her son got a really high fever and suffered from a febrile seizure.
‘’No, no, no,’ I thought to myself. ‘This cannot be happening again. I do not have time for this.’ This was still 2011, and I was supposed to start work on a television show the following week.’
Once she returned to her job, the anxiety only became worse.
‘I was overwhelmed by guilt for leaving my son during work hours, and like many others who suffer from anxiety, my pain was not taken seriously. Every day, I’d 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.’
After a long time of her experiencing that, Alyssa finally checked herself into a psychiatric ward for three days.
‘At last, I started to feel as if my pain was recognized, but it was not easy.’