Tag Archives: Postnatal depression

I asked for help

I asked for help when I was 12. I looked, alone, in my middle school library at a teenage health book. It told me that depression is an illness. It is real. You can be helped. It took me days … Continue reading

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Self-awareness

A few weeks ago, I saw a GP for an urgent re-referral back to Consultant care. I was embarrassed by my plight. “I just feel like these unseen, malevolent forces are trying to thwart me at every turn,” I told … Continue reading

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#badmummy

There is a social media conceit that all of us with children are terrible mothers. I have lost count of all the times I have seen friends publically describe their mothering as poor, often accompanied by use of the hashtag … Continue reading

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Ten things not to say to a depressed person

Depression is a very common illness.  The World Health Organization estimates that between 5 and 10% of us are, at any given time, suffering from depression which meets the clinical criteria for a mental illness.  Over a person’s life-time, their … Continue reading

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