Postnatal Depression

Mums, Mental Health And Welsh Cakes

Carrie Ladd | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Parents
Carrie Ladd

Consider this scenario: an anxious new mum, sat in those seats in the corner trying to settle her 6 week old colicky baby. Whilst half the waiting room coo over this new bundle-of-joy, she is feeling confused and holding back the tears. It may have taken significant courage to actually pick up the phone and book this appointment.

"Some People Would Give Anything To Be Pregnant"

Maddy Matthews | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

This probably seems more like a rant than a reasonable, balanced blog post. I've tried to keep it from becoming a stream of consciousness, but it's hard when you're angry. Three years ago, having people tell me how lucky I am was probably the least useful piece of advice I ever received.

To Love Someone With Postnatal Depression

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

To love someone with postnatal depression must be incredibly hard and exhausting at times and requires so much patience. My darling husband has really been my rock especially over the last 18 months and has been a constant cheerleader to me. He has seen me at my worse, he has seen me broken, he has seen me hate myself and has still been able to love me.

When 'Exhausted New Mum' Is A Halloween Costume, How Are We Getting Postnatal Support So Wrong?

Emily Street | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Street

A photo that spread like wildfire online shows a young girl, dressed in a baggy sweat shirt and jogging bottoms, dark circles under her eyes, baby sick on her shoulder and looking thoroughly glum.

Nothing Prevents Babies Like PND Can

Gemma Devaney | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Parents
Gemma Devaney

Without sounding like a stalker fan, you've always been my queen of queens. I didn't think you could get any higher up my hierarchy of queenliness, but that was until yesterday when you opened up to the world about your fight with PND.

A Thank You To Adele From A Fellow Mum With PND

Olivia Siegl | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Olivia Siegl

As a mum who went into Motherhood (wrongly) assuming that PND only happened to mothers who had a history of mental health problems, that it was something that happened to women who were not "strong' enough, that it meant they hated their children, I know firsthand how dangerous these misconceptions can be.

Adele Is 'Frightened' To Have More Kids Because She Suffered From Postnatal Depression

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Parents

Adele has revealed she suffered from postnatal depression after the birth of her first child. The 28-year-old, who is mum to four-year-old Angelo with...

My Postnatal Depression Battle And Getting Help

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

Now I look back and it was obvious that I had PND and also that I wasn't a bad mum, I was just struggling and trapped in my own self-doubting head. I couldn't get out the bed in the morning and spent most of my time either crying or wishing I could escape.

A Letter To Myself In The Depths Of Depression

Michelle Goodwin | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Parents
Michelle Goodwin

Some days you'll feel like you're back on track and then it will come out of nowhere again like a black cloud, but these days will get fewer and you will have more good days than bad and you'll know that you have the ability to feel happiness again.

Why No Woman Should Feel Ashamed Of Postnatal Depression

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Parents

Three mothers have bravely spoken out about feelings of isolation and fear when they suffered from postnatal depression after the birth of their child...

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 ...