Welcome to A Write Relief…
I’m a thirty-something mum who was diagnosed with postnatal depression (PND – or postpartum depression) when my first born baby, my son, was 8 months old. In the very beginning, despite studying psychology and working with mothers and their babies, I denied and fought against the idea that I was suffering from postnatal depression. I think I knew in my heart what was going on for me, but my head simply kept telling me “No! This can’t be happening to you. You are aware of these things, you work in this area… YOU ARE FINE!”. But I wasn’t “fine”… I was far from it.
This is a blog about my personal journey. I hope my honesty about this experience may help other mums living with PND take the steps they need to seek help, or at least feel as though they’re not alone. I often found myself, late at night, searching for answers for how I was feeling (not looking for “postnatal depression”) and could find very little that could guide me in the right direction. It can be such an isolating experience. For this reason, if I can help in guiding even one struggling mother towards the correct diagnosis for her experience, by writing about my own, I would be extremely happy. I personally feel no mother needs to walk her postnatal depression path alone, without the support of others.
If you would like to read more about my personal experience, please feel free to scroll through my recent blog posts. Or alternatively, you can start at the beginning:
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about me… It really is appreciated more than you know.
TSM (Thirty-something Mum) xx