updated 11/16/2009 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/16/2009 AT 7:25 PM ET
Brooke Shields has been open about her struggles with post-partum depression, but in revealing new comments she expresses the true depths of her suffering.
Shields, 44, spoke movingly about the stigma of depression and her experience battling the disease on Monday while receiving an advocacy award from the Hope for Depression Research Foundation in Manhattan.
“We think and we feel that we should just be able to handle it on our own,” said the actress, who is mom to two girls, Rowan, 6 ½, and Grier, 3 ½. “I’ve always been strong enough to get through every single difficult situation in my life. I grew up in an addictive household. My mother [Teri] had acute alcoholism. It’s in my blood. I was never going to be the one to succumb to it.”