PND Shock Confessions
*** TRIGGER WARNING *** This post contains potentially distressing content about postnatal depression & psychosis. Do not continue reading if you feel this may affect you.
If you need to speak to someone please reach out to PANDA's PND helpline on 1300 726 306 panda.org.au or see your GP.
I work with a lot of mums who have experienced, or are experiencing post-natal depression (PND). It does not discriminate, you can be grabbed when you least expect it and sucked into a black hole that seems impossible to escape.
Some of my PND clients cry at the drop of a hat, some of them simply seem "flat", some appear to be on top of the world, those disgustingly happy Brady Bunch parents. All of them ask the same question "I've got the most beautiful baby/children in the world, so why do I feel like this?!"
I want to share some of the very real things I've had mums say to me over the years. They're honest, raw, and may be difficult to read. This is the reality of PND and mental health.
I've left out the worst because there are some things we don't need to hear. Know also that the women quoted are well and at the time of working with them, were in the hands of a mental health professional (or referred on).
These are women who've experienced postnatal depression or psychosis. Some may shock you, but these are everyday women like you and me. If anything sounds familiar it's as simple as heading to your GP for a chat, or calling the PND hotline 1300 726 306 (panda.org.au).
I will always refer women on to a psychologist or Dr as appropriate and work under their direction. I may work alongside health care professionals to develop a longterm, holistic program, however I will never treat or diagnose any mental health condition. I support women through life coaching, goal setting, community, nutrition and exercise.