It was the summer of 2015 in regional Australia and I was at my mum’s house in her full time care. My GP had diagnosed me over the phone with a psychotic episode and severe postnatal depression. I was in the local system for mental health crisis having flipped it one evening when I started … More 4 ideas for mums recently diagnosed with postnatal mental illness
I have been to that dark place where it feels like you are not in control. Your brain has betrayed you and you role as a mother starts to morph into something else. Motherhood the Real Deal’s post entitled Mother’s who kill: the real story behind mothers who kill children struck a chord with me regarding the … More Signs of postpartum psychosis
You’ve just found out you are expecting a baby – congratulations! Whether you are a first time parent or a seasoned mum, each pregnancy and child is different. Your first pregnancy may have been a breeze, but now at fifteen weeks you are getting this ache in your lower back and a cracking sound every … More Perinatal care and support options in Canberra
Today I Googled ‘increase Risperidone’. I cannot remember what my doctor said about what to do over this break. They indicated that they were concerned about not giving me something to try and control these thoughts. Christmas/New Year is the worst time of the year to have an illness. All the perinatal support services that … More Escape. Clarity lost. Postpartum psychotic episode and medication.
This is a brief recount. Consider it like a blurb at the back of a yet to be completed book. Last night I was talking with Mr. A. about all that has happened. I wept as I remembered how things played out, about asking people for help: family, friends, hospitals. I knew something was wrong, but … More The postpartum psychotic episode