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It’s been more than a year since Jena Malone gave birth to her first child, and while her life may look idyllic to those of us on the outside, Malone is making it clear that things aren’t always what they seem. The new mother took to Instagram recently to share her struggles with depression, reaching out to her community for support in these difficult times.

“Motherhood , depression and self worth,” she began her post. “I don’t have anything beautiful to say. Except that this struggle is real. The sharp edges are too much to hold without compassion. I’m struggling with this. Compassion for myself and this moment of growth in my life.”

She adds: “I know I am not alone in this. I guess I just needed to share, in hopes of being seen and feeling not so very much alone.

Whether you’re a mom dealing with eerily similar issues or know someone going through these feelings, her words will hit home. Malone’s post is honest and brutal and sad but, in some ways, reassuring. Because there are times when many moms (or anyone suffering from depression, really) feel completely alone, and it can be comforting to know that others are struggling as well. It’s really not just you.

We love you.

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Malone and partner Ethan DeLorenzo welcomed their son, Ode Mountain, in May 2016. So for those who may have thought postpartum depression only impacted moms shortly after childbirth and it doesn’t last, Jena is proof that it can continue to engulf months and months later.

If there is a positive to be found here it’s that by reaching out and sharing her experiences, Malone may find the support she needs to move forward. And that’s an example we can all follow.

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