“It was a very challenging emotional time for me because I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent, or as an entrepreneur and as an executive,” she told Oz. “It’s incredibly important… This is something that affects parents all over the country.”
Trump, daughter of and senior advisor to President Donald Trump, expressed her desire to increase awareness of the condition, which affects an estimated one in nine women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Immediately, questions over whether Ivanka is aware that the new healthcare bill supported by her father does not cover postpartum depression surfaced on social media. Many noted it to be ironic, and others hypocritical, for the first daughter to be advocating awareness of a condition yet seemingly not fighting for access to treatment.
A few critics even accused Trump of inventing her struggle, claiming the announcement to be a publicity stunt to make her more relatable. Others simply expressed their lack of sympathy, given that Trump has access to top medical aid, as well as a full-time nanny.
There have been some voices of support, noting that speaking out about mental health from any avenue is a brave and necessary step to decreasing stigma.
Trump did not go into any detail as to whether her struggle has been something she has discussed with her father, or whether or not she would advise against the Graham-Cassidy bill. As with other iterations of health care bills set out to overturn the Affordable Care Act, the Graham-Cassidy bill does not lay out specific protections for those with preexisting conditions.
What qualifies as a preexisting condition depends on individual insurers. But a repeal of the ACA could give states and insurers the ability to deny coverage or hike premiums to people with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and arthritis, as well mental health disorders such as bipolar disorder, anxiety, and postpartum depression.
Ivanka Trump did not give any details of what, if any, medical attention she received for her depression. Common treatments include antidepressants, therapy, and self-care. With treatment, many women feel better within six months, though it can take much longer.
If you think you or someone you know may be experiencing postpartum depression, seek professional advice.