'I thought the staff were trying to kill me': the illness that can haunt new mothers
“The secrecy and shame that has surrounded postpartum psychosis for many years, can damage families and relationships – and that open discussion at the right time, in the right way, can help to build relationships and understanding.”
This article can be confronting, but it is also hopeful. It also does a great job of reducing stigma associated with postnatal psychosis (they use the term ‘postpartum’ in the UK and elsewhere). PANDA was pleased to be interviewed for the story, given our commitment to raising awareness and reducing stigma around this serious illness. If this story has raised any concerns about your own experience PANDA’s counsellors can help you explore it and determine any steps that might be helpful for you.
Content warning: discussion of infanticide.