I recently did an interview about my experiences with postnatal depression, and I've spent a lot of time reflecting and reliving my journey. I was surprised it had stirred up some emotions, but it's also helped me heal and make peace with myself. I have been reading and watching things online which I have found… Continue reading Making Peace & Letting Go
When I was pregnant with my first baby I was so optimistic about the future. I was newly married, we had just moved to a new home and I was finally fulfilling my dream of becoming a parent - I couldn't wait for the next stage of my life. Soon after she was born though… Continue reading Mourning My Old Self & Learning To Love The New
Last weeks #pndhour run by 'PND & Me' was about intrusive thoughts and it got me thinking about my own experiences, while anxiety and depression were my main battles, the intrusive thoughts fuelled these. During my late teens I was treated for mild OCD, it was always worrying about death and how I could prevent… Continue reading Intrusive Thoughts & OCD – Battles In My Mind
It's natural to compare yourself to others when you become a mum. You end up being given endless (usually contradicting) advice, which makes you constantly question yourself and wonder if you're doing it right. The problem with comparing your situation with others is that you don't really know what their true situation is. Nowadays we… Continue reading Comparison is the thief of Joy
Before I experienced PND I was quite sure I would never need anti depressants. I was convinced if I ever felt 'down' I could overcome it on my own. Well I tried that and I couldn't. I had PND from pretty much the start of my daughters life, and it wasn't until she was 6… Continue reading The Stigma Of Anti-Depressants
Sounds strange but I think it might have. I was perfectly happy before postnatal depression struck. In fact the year leading up to my daughters birth was the happiest of my life. I had my dream wedding, a job I loved, we had moved into a new home and had the joy of being pregnant… Continue reading Postnatal Depression – Has It Improved Me?
Getting to where I am today has not been easy. I set out with intentions for this to be a positive blog, I wanted to offer that hope for recovery which I was searching for when I was suffering the most. I have to visit those dark days to highlight how far I have come.… Continue reading Recovery – It Is Possible