Prue started feeling anxious not long after giving birth to her beautiful baby boy. It struck her first in the hospital car park as a wave of fear, which persisted as her partner drove them home. Once she was in the door it got worse. And over the next few weeks, it came to consume her life.
‘I felt as though my anxiety preyed on me. Every time I closed my eyes, my mind would play endless loops of scenarios involving my child being harmed and me not being able to protect him. This would jolt me awake. My body would flood with adrenaline and I was consumed with white hot rushes of fear.’
Prue was experiencing perinatal anxiety, though she had no idea such an illness even existed. She is not alone. Perinatal anxiety is little known in the community, and most people who develop it don’t know the signs and symptoms so don’t know how to find help and recover.
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