‘Sister Wives’: Janelle Says Quarantining Was Worse on Her Mental Health Than Postpartum Depression

Sister Wives star, Janelle Brown revealed that her depression was worse during the first few weeks of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown than when she had postpartum depression. She has been struggling to adopt her husband, Kody Brown’s rules because of that.

Janelle Brown and Kody Brown sitting together on a couch on the set of ‘Sister Wives’
Janelle Brown and Kody Brown, ‘Sister Wives’ | TLC

Janelle and Christine talk about how the quarantine has affected their mental health

On the Jan 9th episode of Sister Wives, Janelle and Christine get together to let off some steam discussing what Kody said about quarantining for Thanksgiving. They talked about how difficult this COVID situation has been on their family and mental health. Christine says, “Robyn’s been, I don’t know how she’s been able to have her kids be OK with not leaving, ’cause I wouldn’t have survived.”

Janelle says, “I had to find the balance for my mental health too. I was like, that first month, those first two or three or four weeks that Kody was gone, I had a really hard time. The big accomplishment for the day is if I got showered and put on real clothes. ‘Cause I was really struggling.”

Janelle says the first 2 weeks of COVID lockdown was worse than post-partum depression

Janelle said, “So the first two or three weeks, you know, everybody was trying to stay home. Because we were told, ‘Stay home for two weeks, we’ll get on top of the curve.’ OK, so I was doing that. Flatten the curve, whatever.”

The Sister Wives star admitted just how bad that first part of quarantine was on her mental health. Janelle said, “And it was worst than postpartum. And I had postpartum after Gabriel, so I know it was worse than postpartum.”

The ‘Sister Wives’ spend Thanksgiving separated

The Brown family split up into three groups during Thanksgiving 2020. Since Kody’s strict coronavirus rules, Janelle had to choose between spending the holiday with her older sons, Garrison and Gabriel Brown, or Kody. She chose her sons instead of going to Robyn and Meri’s Thanksgiving. Check out the clip from the episode (via Instagram) below:

Janelle followed Christine’s lead and chose to see her older children instead of the rest of the family. Robyn, Meri, Kody, and Robyn’s five children spend the holiday in Flagstaff at Robyn’s house.

However, Janelle went to her sister’s house in Utah. Christine also went to Utah to spend Thanksgiving at her daughter, Aspyn, and Mitch’s house.

It has been challenging for Janelle to comply with Kody’s rules because she feels trapped. The family can finally be together for Christmas if they can all abide by the strict coronavirus rules. Sister Wives airs Sundays on TLC and discovery+.

For those suffering from depression, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at (800) 273-TALK (8255)

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