Postnatal Depression

PND: Admitting You Are Not As OK As You Make Out

Zoe George | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Parents
Zoe George

We all know that being a parent is not an easy job, we all have good days and bad days. But what do you do when you start to feel like the bad days are outnumbering the good ones at 10:1? It's not an easy thing to admit that at the moment you are not enjoying being a parent. I know I have been there. Here is my first post about my battle with PND

More Than 50% Of Parents With A Perinatal Mental Illness Contemplate Suicide

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Parents

UPDATE: The article has been updated to make it clearer that all parents involved in the survey had experienced a perinatal mental illnesses. More th...

PND - Me VS. She

Samantha Wills | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Parents
Samantha Wills

At my lowest point, I hand her to my husband and say, "There was nothing even wrong with us before. We were fine, just us two. Why did we ever think a baby was a good idea? I don't even want her." I don't even want her. I actually said that.

Two Preemie Babies and Two Bouts of PND Nearly Destroyed Me

Holly Boardman | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Parents
Holly Boardman

I'm stronger than I ever believed and I have come out the other side more patient, empathetic and open minded than I was before. I also have two wonderful boys who came through it with me and for that I am eternally thankful.

Pulling the Trigger on PND

Olivia Siegl | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

I am incredibly proud and relieved to tell you that not only did I complete my personal mission of putting these demons to bed I actually managed to light the touch paper underneath every single one of them and watch as they want up in smoke and disappeared forever. You see, what I have come to realise in all its beautiful glory is that my illness and this geographical place are two separate entities that exist independently of each other. It is just a place. I am no longer ill.

Why It Is Important for My Son to See Me as a 'Fit Mum'

Alison Whitehouse | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Parents
Alison Whitehouse

A few days ago I overheard a dad tell his little boy "stop crying, you sound like a girl"; it got me thinking about how women are portrayed and, more specifically, what lessons am I teaching my son in my role as a "fit mum"? Here are the things I am striving to ALWAYS tell my son and any other child who knows me and my family:

My Postnatal Depression Made Me Feel Like an Utter Failure

Terri Psiakis | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Terri Psiakis

My experience changed me profoundly and believe it or not, as awful as it was I'm glad it happened. I appreciate happiness differently now. I believe that to know true happiness you must also know despair - one helps define the other.

Postnatal Depression and the Stigma That Won't Go Away

Alison Whitehouse | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Parents
Alison Whitehouse

Postnatal Depression (PND) has been, for me, one of the most difficult things that I have ever had to deal with: the struggle to talk to anyone about it who understood, the stigma which suggests that you are somehow completely incompetent and your baby isn't safe with you and getting out of bed in the morning when all you want to do is cry.

It's Like Being Blinded By the Sun But Not Being Able to Feel its Heat

Stephanie Whittington | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Parents
Stephanie Whittington

As a new mother, I embraced the chaos that a newborn could bring. I laughed at urine stained bedsheets. I smiled at 2am feeds. I rejoiced at staying in my pyjamas for two weeks in a bubble of bliss. I was a mummy and this tiny, innocent little being was everything I had ever wanted. I was in heaven. As the days went on however, it became harder to cope with daily life.

When Depression Wants You Back

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

have this old friend. She occasionally turns up at my door, totally out of the blue. I don't see much of her any more but when she is here, it's like she has never been away. We met shortly after the birth of my eldest child. She came into my life and managed to get her feet firmly under the table.

How You Can Support Maternal Mental Health Day

Gemma Devaney | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Devaney

Was there a time when you were pregnant, or after you gave birth, that you felt so horrendously sh*t and just wanted someone to talk too? But you were either too afraid to say what was on your mind or no one asked you how you were really feeling? If you're nodding yes, you really aren't the only one.

Loose Women's Andrea Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Entertainment

Loose Women’s Andrea McLean has opened up about her mental health struggles. The presenter revealed she had suffered from postnatal depression afte...

A Working Mum's Guilt

Julie Seeney | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Seeney

When the time came to return to my job it hit me hard especially as at the time I was suffering with then - undiagnosed postnatal depression. I work Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. My little man is in nursery Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5.15pm.

Postnatal Depression Is Very Real

Julie Seeney | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Parents
Julie Seeney

I know this illness can make you feel alone, but you are not alone - you'll be surprised how many mums there are out there that have been through and felt exactly how you do. It takes time to recover but you will, give yourself a break you're doing a great job!

#MumTalk Campaign Proves There's No Shame In Struggling With Mental Health Issues

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Parents

Parents who have been affected by maternal or paternal mental healthissues are challenging the stigma surrounding conditions by proudly sharing their ...

Why New Mums Will Always Break My Heart

Laura Clark | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Clark

It's been more than three years since I had my son but every time I hear a new mum talk about the incredible, instant bond she has with her newborn, or how she's never been happier or how she feels more fulfilled than ever before it's like a tiny stab to my chest.

Mum Opens Up About Post-Partum Psychosis Recovery

PA Real Life | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents

A mum who was admitted to a psychiatric hospital 11 days after giving birth has spoken out about what it's like to suffer from post-partum psychosis. ...

New Mums Separated From Their Babies Due To Lack Of Mental Health Care

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Parents

New mothers are not getting the mental health care they require before and after giving birth, a charity alliance has warned. The Maternal Mental H...

What Is Postnatal Depression?

Dr Shazia Malik | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Shazia Malik

Having a baby is a life-changing experience that brings joy and happiness to parents and their families. However, for some of us, it can take time to feel these positive emotions as feelings of negativity and depression can be triggered after giving birth.

Sceptical or Not, It's Positive That Cameron Has Announced Mental Health Plans

Danny Bowman | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

The long awaited voice of the tory governments vision for mental health services has finally surfaced but many mental health campaigners are sceptical it can deliver. David Cameron gave a speech on Monday about how to revolutionise mental health services in Britain and outlined his plans.

Five Tips for Managing Anxiety During the Festive Period

Laura Clark | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Clark

Dealing with any depression or mental health issue during a time of general good cheer and celebration can be markedly more challenging than at other times. The Christmas period, although wonderful, can sometimes be stressful and overwhelming too. Here are my top five tips for reducing symptoms and improving mood.

Kim Kardashian Ate Her Placenta And This Is What She Thought

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Parents

Kim Kardashian has shared her experience of eating her own placenta after the birth of Saint West. The mum-of-two tweeted a photo of her "amazing ...

Call the Midwife: The Fathers Need Her Too

Claudia Prothero | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Parents
Claudia Prothero

Providing literature on paternal postnatal depression alongside the information already given to mothers would help raise awareness, and normalise postnatal depression for fathers, reducing shame. We need to realise that having a child is not only about the mother and baby at the exclusion of the father.

Mum Suffering From PND Pens Heartfelt Thank You Note To Café Owner

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Parents

A mother suffering from postnatal depression has written a thank you note to a café owner whose kind gesture made a difference to her a day. The n...

How One Dad's Experience Of Depression Inspired Him To Help Others Globally

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Parents

The assumption that postnatal depression only affects women has led to a lack of support for new dads, according to the founder of a fathers' mental h...