Wollongong mum Gabrielle Micallef shares story of postnatal psychosis
At the height of postnatal psychosis, Gwynneville mother Gabrielle Micallef believed there were surveillance cameras hidden in her house, monitoring her every move.
She started seeing and hearing things that weren't there - such as police sirens and cars that would slow down as they passed her home.
The hallucinations didn't stop there - one day in the shower she looked down and saw that half of her body was scarred and disfigured; other times she saw the face of her late father in place of her baby's.
Worst of all she felt that her husband Andrew was conspiring with the authorities to take her baby, David, away from her.
Post natal psychosis is a rare but serious illness that affects one to two new mums in every 1000, and can put both mother and baby at risk.