Day Six – when motherhood and madness collide

I have just started to read this journey in the hope of facing my birth and psychosis story of Master X to cleanse for the upcoming birth. So far the book is brutally honest, heartfelt and beautifully crafted. Thank you to Jen S Wight for sharing her experience in the book, and I recommend for all mothers, expectant parents, caregivers and anyone who has a family, to read this story.

Jen S Wight

Day Six is the story of one of the roughest introductions to motherhood you can imagine. Jen Wight breaks the taboo around mental ill health to honestly recount her experience of developing postpartum psychosis and then severe postnatal depression. She tells the tales of being convinced that she was Cameron Diaz; that she and Obama were going to use FaceBook to save the world; and that she was going to cure cerebral palsy with dental floss.

One scary night she experiences regressing back through her ‘past lives’ to become a sixties housewife, an aboriginal woman living when Cook first sailed through The Heads into Sydney Harbour, and finally the first chimpanzee to communicate with words. And it all started on Day Six of her son’s life.

She uses her experiences to explore her relationship with her sister who has schizophrenia and to illustrate that while mental illness can be devastating…

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