Melissa Rycroft Reveals Postpartum Depression Struggle: “[I Was In] A Bad, Dark Place”

Melissa Rycroft Reveals Postpartum Depression Struggle: "[I Was In] A Bad, Dark Place"

In the latest issue of Us Weekly available on newsstands today, reality TV star Melissa Rycroft opens up about being diagnosed with postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter Ava in 2011 and how struggling with its emotionally crippling effects made her question her mothering abilities.

In an emotional account, the former Bachelor contestant chronicles the difficulties she faced as a new mom and how her postpartum depression sent her into a “bad, dark place.”

Melissa and her husband Tye Strickland were rather surprised when they discovered they were expecting mere months after their December 2009 wedding.

“We had a baby in our five-year plan, but we weren’t trying,” she reveals. “There was excitement but shock too.”

Once little Ava made her debut in February, the erratic feelings she suffered during her pregnancy worsened.

“Almost immediately I didn’t feel right,” she says. “I had just given birth to this perfect baby, but absolutely nothing made me happy anymore. I had no idea what was wrong. I had these great blessings, but I felt empty. I’d put Ava in her crib and go outside and scream for a minute.”

She also began to resent Tye’s absence at home due to his busy work and life schedule. After roughly 3 months, Melissa realized that she needed to seek professional help to work through her issues.

“I told Tye, ‘I don’t know how to make this better. I need help,’” she reveals. “Now Tye and I go once a week [to therapy]. We talk about getting over my guilt, and the tears really flow. She reaffirms that what’s going on is chemical. But talking to someone is only going to help so much until my body gets back to the way it was.”

Although the couple eventually want to add another member to their family, Melissa states she needs to concentrate on becoming “100 percent healthy and back to [her] best emotional state” first.

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  1. Anonymous

    She resented Tye for not being home, but wasn’t she going to star in a reality show that moved her away from him. I seem to remember reading here that her new show, “Melissa will attempt to manage a long-distance relationship with Tye while pursuing a career in Tinsletown.”

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    • Anonymous

      I truly find her coming forth with this info,right at this particular time a little odd and self serving… She has her premier reality show starting on Apr 20 and her book due out in Jun….I am in no way trying to make light of PPD by any means and what she may have been and may still be going through….I think she still has some denial issues going on reading what she is saying in this article… It may not necessarily be just a chemical/hormonal issue, but could be triggered as well or in addition from previous issues never addressed, unknown and treated Thousands upon thousands of women have had to deal with this and it is a horrible experience to go through.. I can personally speak of this myself with my 3rd of 4 pregnancies… There is no time table to get over this. Melissa has always appeared to have an over the top obession with herself, her body and image needing/wanting to be in the spotlight, attention seeking to be in the public eye…. Again she has chosen to sell her story to the highest rag bidder as she has done with everything related in her private life… Yet she claims to be a private person….She continually changes her responses/answers to the very same questions asked to her and contradicts herself all the time… her diet, doesn’t diet, the pregnancy, excercise, doesn’t excercise, trying to convince and sell her perfect marriage…. Makes one dizzy listening and reading her interviews, postings on FB and twitter.. like riding a roller coaster.. I do have empathy with the PPD issue …. looking at her reality show previews though and what they are willing for the public to view of them is really shocking and unbelievable… I won’t be watching the show…I sincerely hope this marriage with a baby involved survives…

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      • Anonymous

        Wow you sound like you follow her every move! And you say she has the obsession?!

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      • trish

        What was shocking and unbelievable about the previews for her show? I saw it and thought it was funny.

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      • Anonymous

        I don’t follow this Melissa person, but this affected my sister. How do you know so much about Melisa. I looks like you follow everything she does. I would be scared of you if I were her.

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      • Anonymous

        I don’t follow this Melissa person, but this affected my sister. How do you know so much about Melisa. I looks like you follow everything she does. I would be scared of you if I were her.

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      • Anonymous

        ALL Melissa EVER WANTED is / FAME!?!?
        Buck toothed spoiled lady!?!?
        OTHERS got DUMPED on The Bachelor!!!!!
        WHY WHY WHY is SHE SO SPECIAL?????
        CRAVES CRAVES CRAVES ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Ava looks like Tye~NOT a blonde Melissa!

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  2. Anonymous

    aw poor thing. ppd is horrible… wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

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  3. Anonymous

    Thank you Melissa for coming forward and being honest about this.

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  4. Anonymous

    it’s terrifying. I’m scared to get pregnant because of ppd. i know it’s stupid but I can’t help myself

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  5. Anonymous

    I think it’s great too. I always wondered if this was the case when I read early interviews from her. I can totally relate. The only difference is that physically she looks very healthy and happy, while I have lost weight and look awful. Hope things get better..

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  6. Braelyn

    How does the math work here, they found out they were pregnant one month after their December wedding, and Ava was born in February!? That makes no sense.

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  7. gary

    Melissa, thank you for being so upfront about Depression!! That crap is from Hell’s gates!!
    Psot partom or anyother type of depression is,….depression,…..and its hell!
    But thank god we FINALLY live in a “day & age” when and where our medicines are FINALLY up to the challenge!!
    It took long enough dont ya’ll think???

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  8. Anonymous

    If she thinks things will finally be better after her body changes, she is wrong.

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    • Anonymous

      what do you mean?

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      • Anonymous

        What I mean is that she seems to be downplaying the importance of therapy, thinking her emotional and psychological problems will be solved when her body “goes back to the way it was”. Things will change when she accepts herself for who she is. She’s looking outward when she needs to be looking inward.

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  9. Sue

    I don’t see where she’s downplaying the importance of therapy, does it say somewhere that she stopped going?

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  10. Anonymous

    “She reaffirms it’s chemical”. This is trying to reassure yourself, it’s not only chemical, a depression is never ONLY chemical

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    • Anonymous

      If she thought it was ONLY chemical, then why would she still be going to therapy at all? You make it sound like all she goes to therapy for is to be told it’s only chemical. If that were the case wouldn’t she just take meds and wait to get over it?

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  11. Anonymous

    I completely disagree she craves attention and fame. Ya, all the other the bachelorettes got dumped as well, but she was the most down to earth, sweeetest and America fell in love with her. I have always respected her and good for her for coming out about this. Must be tough. Don’t judge somebody else until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

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