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The Story of How Princess Diana Secretly Battled Postpartum Depression, and It’s Something All Moms Should Read

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Postpartum depression is a long-lasting mood disorder that many new moms experience after giving birth. Few people know this, but Princess Diana suffered from it after she gave birth to her son William. She couldn’t tell anyone about her stress and worries and had to struggle with the anxiety all alone. In a couple of interviews that she gave years later, she told the world about the psychological problems she faced and how postpartum depression hit her hard.

Here at Bright Side we are sharing the touching story of Princess Diana’s private battle, and we hope it encourages new moms suffering from postpartum depression to share their feelings with the people around them instead of suffering alone.

“Boy, I was troubled.”

Back in 1982 when Princess Diana gave birth to her first child, William, postpartum depression was something that was never discussed neither publicly, nor in private with friends and family. Princess Diana was one of many women who had to keep all their worries and anxiety to themselves, having no chance to vent their negative emotions or share their suffering with anyone. She spoke about her postpartum psychological problems only a couple of times, but it wasn’t until years after it all started. She gave a candid interview to British journalist Andrew Morton for his book called Diana: Her True Story.

In this book, Diana shares how much media pressure there was around her first pregnancy, and how things just got worse after the baby arrived. “Came home and then postpartum depression hit me hard and it wasn’t so much the baby that had produced it, it was the baby that triggered everything else that was going on in my mind,” she said. “Boy, I was troubled.”

That was the time she felt the burden of being a wife, a mother, and the people’s princess all at once. Diana confessed that she felt desperate and was worrying about everything, but kept struggling in silence. “If he (Prince Charles) didn’t come home when he said he was coming home, I thought something dreadful had happened to him. Tears, panic, all the rest of it. He didn’t see the panic because I would sit there quietly,” said the Princess.

“When no one listens to you, or you feel like no one’s listening to you, all sorts of things start to happen.”

Another big interview where Diana opened up about having severe postpartum depression was in an interview for the BBC that she gave to Martin Bashir in 1995. The Princess confessed that she felt so relieved when she learned she was expecting a boy, since the pressure she experienced then was so enormous and it followed her during and after the childbirth. “I felt that the whole country was in labor with me,” said Diana.

She added that the pregnancy was a difficult one, she didn’t feel well throughout it, and things just got worse when she faced the psychological issues after giving birth: “Then I was unwell with postpartum depression, which no one ever discusses, postpartum depression, you have to read about it afterward, and that in itself was a bit of a difficult time. You’d wake up in the morning feeling like you didn’t want to get out of bed, you felt misunderstood, and just very, very low in yourself. […] I never had had depression in my life. But then, when I analyzed it, I could see that the changes I’d made in the last year had all caught up with me, and my body had said: ’We want a rest.’”

Even though Diana received treatment, she said she lacked personal time, space, and support from her family, which she didn’t feel she got enough of. What’s more, her depression hit hard for not only her physical and psychological health, but for her marriage as well. “It gave everybody a wonderful new label — Diana’s unstable and Diana’s mentally unbalanced. And unfortunately that seems to have stuck on and off over the years,” she said.

When the things got worse and the pressure got stronger, Diana even tried to injure herself. “When no one listens to you, or you feel no one’s listening to you, all sorts of things start to happen. For instance you have so much pain inside yourself that you try and hurt yourself on the outside because you want help, but it’s the wrong help you’re asking for. People see it as crying wolf or attention-seeking, and they think because you’re in the media all the time that you’ve got ’enough attention.’

But I was actually crying out because I wanted to get better in order to go forward and continue my duty and my role as wife, mother, Princess of Wales. So yes, I did inflict pain upon myself. I didn’t like myself, I was ashamed because I couldn’t cope with the pressures. […] I just hurt my arms and my legs, and I work in environments now where I see women doing similar things and I’m able to understand completely where they’re coming from.”

“People were using my bulimia as a coat on a hanger: they decided that was the problem — Diana was unstable.”

Despite all her pain and suffering, Diana went on performing the role of Princess of Wales, and as a loving wife and mother. “I was compelled to go out and do my engagements and not let people down and support them and love them. And in a way, by being out in public, they supported me, although they weren’t aware just how much healing they were giving me, and it carried me through,” she told BBC.

The depression was resolved, but Diana suffered from bulimia for several years afterward. That was also her “secret disease” she couldn’t open up about to anybody, but people soon knew what was going on. “You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don’t think you’re worthy or valuable. You fill your stomach up 4 or 5 times a day — some do it more — and it gives you a feeling of comfort. It’s like having a pair of arms around you, but it’s temporarily, temporary. Then you’re disgusted at the bloatedness of your stomach, and then you bring it all up again. And it’s a repetitive pattern which is very destructive to yourself.

If I’d been on what I call an awayday, or I’d been up in part of the country all day, I’d come home feeling pretty empty, because my engagements at that time would have something to do with people dying, people who were very sick, people’s marriage problems, and I’d come home and it would be very difficult to know how to comfort myself after having been comforting lots of other people, so it would be a regular pattern to jump into the fridge. It was a symptom of what was going on in my marriage. I was crying out for help, but giving the wrong signals, and people were using my bulimia as a coat on a hanger: they decided that was the problem — Diana was unstable,” said the Princess.

Diana’s bulimia stayed with her for several years, and even though she was surrounded by people who loved her, this didn’t lessen the pressure. She confessed that she didn’t get the help she badly needed and she didn’t actually ask for it, because she was ashamed of her feelings and behaviors. She couldn’t even share that burden with her husband, since she was always the one who got all of the media attention. “It was difficult to share that load, because I was the one who was always pitched out front, whether it was my clothes, what I said, what my hair was doing, everything — which was a pretty dull subject, actually, and it’s been exhausted over the years — when actually what we wanted to be, what we wanted supported was our work, and us as a team.”

Why it’s important to avoid suffering alone and seek help if you have postpartum depression

The story of Princess Diana shows how important it is to talk your problems over and seek help. Postpartum depression is a complicated disorder that is caused by a variety of physical and psychological factors. The hormonal balance in a woman’s body changes after childbirth, causing chemical changes in the brain, and leading to mood swings. In addition, many new moms just don’t get enough of the sleep, rest, and support from their families that they so badly need while taking care of a newborn child.

If postpartum depression is left untreated, it can last for months or even years, seriously affecting a woman’s physical and mental health, making it difficult to take care of her child or even herself. The professional treatment for this disorder includes counseling, talk therapy, and medication, if needed. Family and friends are first ones who notice the signs of postpartum depression in a new mom, so if you notice that someone you love needs support, give it to her, and encourage her to visit a doctor. If you are the one who is suffering from postpartum depression, don’t be ashamed to talk about the problem with your family, your friends, or your doctor in order to get the help you need.

Have you or your friends or family members ever suffered from postpartum depression? Can you give any advice to new moms on how to cope with it? We’d be glad if you shared your thoughts and experience in the comments below!

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s CEO ranking plummeted this year

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Facebook employees have long been known for their fierce loyalty to the company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. In the aftermath of numerous privacy debacles, including ones in which Facebook has exposed users’ personal information and facilitated attempts to undermine American democracy, that enthusiasm seems to have flagged.

The Facebook CEO saw his ranking among top US CEOs plummet this year, from No. 16 in 2018 to No. 55 this year, though he does have an approval rating of 94 percent, according to new data from Glassdoor, a site where employees can anonymously rate their jobs and their CEOs. His approval rating was 96 percent last year.

The average CEO approval rating among the 900,000 employers reviewed on Glassdoor is 69 percent — so Zuckerberg’s 94 percent approval is well above average, even if it’s not as high as it used to be.

Back in 2013, when Glassdoor first started ranking CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg was ranked as the No. 1 CEO in the US, with a 99 percent approval rating, and the company overall was considered the best place to work. This year it dropped to the seventh-best place to work, from No. 1 in 2018.

Last year, even after Facebook had undergone a brutal 18 months of scandals and reshuffling, Recode’s Kurt Wagner wrote that “no one in Facebook’s upper ranks ever seems to leave the company.” That changed this year when two of the company’s most important executives — both named Chris — left. The company has also seen defections from leaders of the companies it has acquired, including the founders of WhatsApp and Instagram.

Employees at tech companies including Google, Uber, and Amazon have become increasingly vocal in their criticism of their employers. Facebook largely has avoided such blowback, but increased employee dissatisfaction could portend protests among Facebook workers as well.

Why Zuckerberg — and Facebook — are only now losing favor with some employees is unclear, though recent comments on Glassdoor about the company’s leadership provide some clues:

“Start taking your morale issue seriously. Leadership needs to take several steps back, really listen, and show that you are serious by taking action.” —Lead Data Specialist

“Due to the recent scandals, the company has become cautious to an extreme and every privacy decision is taken with painstakingly slow speed because it’s been vetted by layers and layers of people. It’s also a very fast paced and competitive place, so some people find it hard to keep up.” —Product Manager

“Very competitive environment. No[t] possible to succeed if you don’t work 60+ hours. Focus on short term impact due to performance cycle every 6 months. No clarity on expectations of roles. Mix signals from leadership about culture.” —Data Scientist

General public sentiment toward Facebook has become more negative in the last few years as the company has struggled with a number of issues on its platform, including Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and several privacy mishaps related to storing passwords on unencrypted servers and buggy software.

As a result, Zuckerberg and his company have been under fire from the media and politicians alike. The Federal Trade Commission is also reportedly preparing for a potential antitrust investigation of Facebook.

Facebook did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.

Other notable takeaways from the Glassdoor report: The CEO of enterprise software company VMware, Pat Gelsinger, has been buoyed by positive employee reviews and now ranks No. 1, a huge jump up from No. 78 last year. Salesforce CEOs Marc Benioff and Keith Block made the top 100 for the first time, ranking No. 17. Microsoft’s Satya Nadella jumped up from 20 to No. 6. The rank of Google CEO Sundar Pichai remained steady, dropping one to 46. Apple’s Tim Cook rose from 96 to 69.

Glassdoor’s large company CEO ratings were tabulated using reviews written by current and former employees between May 2, 2018, and May 1, 2019. Glassdoor uses a proprietary algorithm that considers quantity, quality, and consistency of reviews to calculate the exact approval rating. Only companies with at least 100 reviews each from both rank-and-file employees as well as senior management are considered in these rankings.


Recode and Vox have joined forces to uncover and explain how our digital world is changing — and changing us. Subscribe to Recode podcasts to hear Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka lead the tough conversations the technology industry needs today.

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A flawless body, big eyes, plump lips, a straight nose, thick hair, and perfect skin — all these so-called beauty standards are not only outdated and old-fashioned, but also a little boring and distorted. Freckles, unusual eye colors, and skin and body features — these are what truly fascinates and catches one’s eye.

Bright Side has collected 20 pictures of people with unique appearances that will definitely get your attention.

1. Sem Kobelyan has vitiligo that affects his hair and even his eyebrows — and it creates an even more unique look!

2. TK Wonder is not only a writer and a singer, but she is also the owner of unbelievably voluminous hair.

5. This blue-eyed child with vitiligo won our hearts.

6. Yulianna Yussef’s birthmark covers most of her back and she raises positive awareness of CMN through her Instagram.

8. Ia Östergren’s legs are extremely long — her height is 5’8″ and the length of her legs is 3’5″.

9. Mekhi Lucky gained people’s attention thanks to his striking eyes — one is blue and one is brown.

10. This beautiful baby girl with albinism is Nova Winter and her parents have their own blog — the Larson family.

11. Samuel Silva — a unique-looking kid model with vitiligo

12. Cassandra Naud, a professional dancer, says her big birthmark is exactly what distinguishes her from everyone else.

13. Russian illustrator, Maria Oz amazes everyone with her non-standard appearance and huge beautiful eyes.

15. James Stewart calls himself a “13-year-old kid with grey hair” and openly tells his audience what life with vitiligo is like.

16. Hamad Jaman has embraced his freckles and made a modeling career out of his unique appearance.

17. This textile-design student, Gao Qizhen, started her modeling career thanks to her non-standard look.

18. Daria Svertilova is a photographer who captures non-obvious beauty as she embraces her own.

19. This young makeup artist, Lauren Elyse, doesn’t let vitiligo stop her from showing the world her amazing skills.

20. Stef Sanjati is a video blogger who is famous for her non-standard appearance due to a rare genetic condition.

Which unusual traits are there in your appearance? We’d be happy to hear from you in the comment section below!

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Reddit Users Talk About the Awkward Situations They Will Remember for the Rest of Their Lives

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We’re pretty sure that everyone has been in a situation when they were super embarrassed and just wanted to disappear forever. However, these otherwise awful situations prove to be quite interesting and unique which is why they’re enjoyed by hundreds and thousands of people online. The stories we’ve collected here are by far the best and we couldn’t help but share!

We at Bright Side think that if you can transform your unpleasant memories of an embarrassing situation that happened years ago into a funny story, you should. And that’s exactly what the people in this article managed to do.

  • I get into the elevator with some guy. We start going and he asks me, “Do you want to go to a cafe?” I smiled at him and said, “I do.” He looked at me in a weird way and pointed at his Bluetooth earpiece. So, have you ever wanted to jump into an elevator shaft?
  • The 2 things that our camp guides were most scared of were losing someone and someone getting pregnant. And so my friend Mary (we were 12 years old) told the camp guide that she seemed to have gotten pregnant (she just loved attention). The camp counselor was terrified and whispered, “From who?” Mary was scared and whispered back, “Does it have to be from someone?” The counselor yelled at her so loudly that I think half the camp woke up. -NikkiKi
  • I snapped this intriguing shot while driving. I captioned it with something like, “When you have a crazy day and a lot of work but you can’t forget about beauty because your skin won’t take care of itself”.
  • I was in the elevator area of my former job and wearing a skirt that was a little too big for me. Luckily, I had one of those long sweaters on over it because I was talking to the maintenance guy and the skirt just dropped to the floor like, “and we’re done here…” and the guy and I just stared at each other for a small eternity. — © sinicuichi
  • I’ll never forget how on one of my first days in college, I met a guy whose name was Chandler. When he asked me for my name, I told him I was Monica. My friend witnessed this conversation and later asked me why I lied. I said I wanted us to be like the characters from Friends. And he was like, “Are you nuts? Your name is Rachel, and there was a Rachel on the show!”
  • Once, I had this really weird conversation with a guy. I think he was too nervous:
  • I ran face first into a street light lamp post because I was staring (while walking) at a beautiful girl walking toward the direction where I was coming from. It was in front of the main gate of our university. Hundreds of students saw it. My friends laughed so hard. — © KiwiPin0
  • I’m a very responsible person. But once, after a crazy party, instead of setting my alarm clock, I entered “8:30” in my calculator.
  • Yesterday, after a bachelorette party, we went to a water park where I almost drowned. The next day I was very angry that the employees didn’t care about the safety of the visitors. But then my friends sent me this photo and it just turned out that it was me who was crazy and thought I was drowning in a pool for children.
  • A blind woman wanted to know where the front of the bank was and I pointed and said, “It’s over there.” — © Kirjath
  • My wife and I went out for a drink one night. We walk into a bar and I see someone I know with their back turned. I walk up behind them and tickle their sides. Turned out, I didn’t know this person, they just gave me a weird look and walked away. Got their spot at the bar though. — © buefordbaxter

  • My wife and daughter gave me an iPhone. I had never used one before and I decided to text a voice message. This is what I sent to my daughter:

  • I took my grandmother to Starbucks for the first time. A barista asked her a standard question: “What name should I put on the coffee?” Grandma was amazed, looked at him, then turned to me and said, “He wants to give my coffee a name. Is he a junkie? How was he even hired in the first place?”
  • It happened in my childhood. My mom was in the kitchen with her friend who was complaining that men don’t care about her at all. Then I said, “This is very bad. I also didn’t take care of my fish and now it’s dead. It’s sad, you are still so young.”
  • Before the prom, I went to a salon and asked to make the hairstyle like the one in the left photo to look like a princess. But I ended up looking like our principal:

Which of these stories did you like this most? Maybe you could tell us about some other similar situations from your own experience!

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