Brooke Shields and Oprah

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Oprah: In your case you're not just talking about what we've heard called the typical "baby blues." We're talking about serious mental trauma. Right?

Brooke: This gripped my heart to such an extent that I didn't even have the desire to try to overcome it. I mean, I was flattened by it. I was devastated by it. And it wasn't the "baby blues." And I was told it was the "baby blues" at first. And so then, what was wrong with me was even worse. I thought, "Well then I must epitomize failure if I can't even get past this."

Oprah: And I can see how it would be compounded because you've lived this sort of perfect life. Or what appeared to be the perfect life.

Brooke: And then we also have this image of motherhood, you know, the breast feeding and hair cascading down and connection with the infant instantly.