Depression: personal blogs and stories

The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of depression. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.


Realising I had postnatal depression and reaching out for help

I had my first child in 2011. I had a straightforward pregnancy and labour and couldn't wait to be a mum. However from the moment my daughter was born I felt different. I was hit with overwhelming anxiety and a fear something bad would happen to her. I couldn't sleep. I was convinced if I slept my precious baby would stop breathing. Between the two hourly feeds when she would sleep I would stay up watching her breathing. By day three I was so exhausted I was hallucinating – I was convinced it was snowing in the bedroom.

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