I suffered both AND and PND with both of my pregnancies, and I have also suffered with depression and anxiety my entire adult life and more recently been diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
It saddens me how many people I talk to say they "thought" they might have had AND/PND but never spoke up because of the stigma attached to mental illness.
I believe the best thing that someone who thinks they might be struggling is to speak up, because you are not alone and there is nothing wrong with admitting you need help
Thankyou BubHub for recognising Postnatal depression awareness week, I hope that one day the stigma can be removed forever and all suffers feel they can ask for help
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26-11-2011 10:54 #24
Reading these posts make me feel so much better about my illness. At the age of 11 years my mum committed suicide after a long and horrendous road of depression and alcoholism. As a child I experienced a lot of things a child should never have to experience but now I look back and think how it has made me the strong and sensitive person I am- and I am thankful.
After being brought to Australia by my dad (with my siblings) to start a new life, I will never forget one day crying for no reason and asking my dad to help me find some professional help. His reply was that I didn't need help and I was being stupid. From this day on, I truely believed this. So I never sought help and everytime I cried, I thought to myself "I am being stupid".
It wasn't until 7 years on when I had my son, I experienced severe baby blues and PND that I realised I had been depressed all along. After self medicating with alcohol (much like my mum did), getting plastered every night, crying myself to sleep, locking myself the the toilet and trying to figure out how I could kill myself without the guilt of leaving my child behind and putting my partner through psychological hell- that I realised I needed help and quick.
I saw a doctor, was medicated and attended a 6 week PND counselling group and then was left on my own to sort it out. I remember after finishing this PND group feeling so lonely and lost again. 6 weeks just didn't cut it but I felt stupid asking for help again.
A further 2/3 years of struggle and confusion, drinking, sleeping around (seeking love and acceptance) and suicidal thoughts made me realise enough is enough and medication alone is not going to cure this illness. So I finally met a great psychologist and had felt better than I ever felt before. My partner and I got back together, are doing better than ever and we are now expecting our second child.
I like to have reasonable expectations and therefore, do not believe I will ever be fully cured of this illness. I still have tough times and suicidal thought to which I know I could never follow through with because of my child. However, I do believe it is managable and I am stronger now than I have ever been in kicking its butt!
It is so good to know I am far from the only one and that there is other types of help out there. Thankyou for much for this forum!
P.s. Sorry for my novel!
28-11-2011 12:51 #25
Thankyou to everyone who shared their stories here. If you haven't already done so, we have a private password-protected discussion area on the forum for people who have had/currently have PND and AND. If you message our wonderful Ambassador MuminMind she will let you know the password. There is a great deal of love and support waiting there for you
26-02-2012 18:33 #26Junior Member
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09-07-2012 17:50 #27Junior Member
There is a private discussion are on the forum for people who have suffered from or currently are suffering from PND (Including postnatal Psychosis) and AND. I encourage you to join our growing family.
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