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PNDandMe Blog

This is the blog section of PND and Me, which is how it began. We'll be posting regular blogs and are always interesting in sharing other peoples experiences of maternal mental illness, so please get in touch with us if you'd like to share your story. Rosey x

I found my lighthouse and with it, hope

18th September 2016 POSTED BY Rosey Wren
#PNDChat, #PNDHour, Postnatal Depression
PND and Me, came from a very dark place, a place where the sun didn’t shine and there was very little hope to cling to, it came from a time of isolation, sadness and loneliness. A time where I didn’t want to live.
Somehow though, the poem came to me one night, it was a like suddenly seeing the lighthouse I had been looking for, but just could not see through the fog. The light however brief, shone into my mind and made me feel hope, that perhaps there was a future where I could be happy.
So there it was, my lighthouse, me a ship in the dark, uncertain sea of PND, where life could be gone in a moment. A light to show me how to reach my destination, one I didn’t know what it held. When I began PND and Me, it was simply sharing my poem, I didn’t expect it to lead onto bigger, brighter, life changing things.
When I was going through PND, I had no lighthouse, I had nothing to cling onto, no hope, no “solution”. I simply couldn’t see how life would ever be any different, this suffering I felt was endless and dark, so...

Perinatal Mental Health, From a GP perspective

29th August 2016 Posted By Rosey Wren
Postnatal Depression
Dr Carrie Ladd, August 2016
GP and RCGP Clinical Fellow in Perinatal Mental Health
@LaddCar
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If parenthood is not what you were expecting, you’re not alone. The tough reality of relentless sleepless nights, seemingly untreatable colic and the colossal physical efforts of looking after someone else’s primal needs ahead of your own...

From under the blanket of Postnatal Depression - Felicity's story

29th August 2016 Posted By Rosey Wren
Mums Stories, Postnatal Depression
*Trigger Warning, mention of Birth Trauma*
My name is Felicity. I have a perinatal mental illness. It's easy to admit from the safety of my laptop, no eyes looking directly at me, judging me, fueling the shame that I hide within. This is why I've never admitted to friends or...

Learning to Dad, When you have PND

15th July 2016 Posted By Rosey Wren
Postnatal Depression
Alright men of the world. Here’s the truth about when I look at all dads, (myself included). I sit back and look at us all, in our pictures showing how tired and disheveled, stressed and messy we look. I sit back and look at how tired we are and then compare...

Tips for mums with PND

21st July 2014 Posted By Rosey Wren
Postnatal Depression
***I’ve edited the title as this post could be of help to any mum with #PND***
Being a stay at home mum is hard enough at times, let alone when you have the black cloud of depression hanging over you. So I wanted to share some tips from myself and...

Lets walk from the shadows together

29th August 2014 Posted By Rosey Wren
#PNDChat, #PNDHour, Postnatal Depression
Dear Mums.
If you have or have had Postnatal Depression keep reading.. If not then please read on regardless.
I was there 6 years ago, covered by the shadow of this hidden illness, the all consuming blackness, tiredness, the tears and anger, the questions ‘Why me?’ ‘This is all I ever wanted why can’t...

The Importance of Time for PND Recovery

9th September 2014 Posted By Rosey Wren
Postnatal Depression
Accepting a PND diagnosis can be difficult, it takes time to comes to terms with it, but know that time is the biggest healer, it doesn’t make things go away but time gives us the strength to cope with things better. You are a wonderful mum and in time PND will...

A Tear Slides Slowly Down Her Cheek

26th October 2014 Posted By Rosey Wren
Health Visitors, Postnatal Depression
I can see her sitting on the edge of the sofa, looking anxious, tired, wearing a top spotted with spit up on the shoulder, I catch her glancing at the baby asleep in the bouncer, she sighs, sinks back into the sofa and looks around the room, toys strewn around, a half empty cup of tea and...

Safe Place - Experience of a Mother & Baby Unit

19th November 2014 Posted By Rosey Wren
Mums Stories, Postnatal Depression
Hello! My name is Laura; I’m 26 years old and mum to Arthur, who’s nearly 9 months. You can read my blog here and I’m on Twitter here
I’m honoured to be guest-posting for Rosey at PNDandMe on the topic of Mother and Baby Units, or MBUs. These offer inpatient...
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