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Postnatal Anxiety..We need to talk about it

Last Updated: Friday, 20 May 2016 16:17

PANDA Champion Jade shares her experience with postnatal anxiety...

jade1.jpg“How are you?” A very normal question. Something most of us would say every day, to your partner, your friend, your colleague, someone at the supermarket. It just rolls off the tongue, almost absent mindedly as we go about our busy days. But how many of you actually ask this question of the people around you, with a genuine depth of concern for someone’s well being, ears at the ready with arms open prepared to catch whatever raw emotion is about to be thrown at you?

How many of you answer this question with a response that truly reflects your thoughts and feelings in that moment? I didn’t. I couldn’t. I had no idea what was going on let alone being able to put into words what I was thinking and feeling. I have since learnt, I was not ok and that I am really good at denial.

There was a day I remember vividly. A turning point. Our little girl was about 6 months old. I remember Kain coming home from work and I announced proudly that I had had a good day. That, I had managed to leave the house without feeling anxious or fearful. I felt such a sense of achievement. A week later it had really sunk in, I said to Kain “something has changed, I feel good. I think I’m doing good.” I don’t think it had really dawned on me until then, that since I had birthed our darling girl, something was awry....

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