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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

Supporting a partner through Postnatal Depression -

11th May 2017 POSTED BY Rosey Wren
#PNDHour, Postnatal Depression
I'm honoured to share with you this anonymous blog. A candid story of how Postnatal Depression has an affect on not just the person suffering and how important support for the whole family unit it. 
I'm a partner just like your partner. Male or female, I'm the one who hasn't experienced the kicks to the bladder, the hiccups while you are trying to sleep and the joys of acid reflux. I did however face my own challenges through pregnancy, birth and childhood. I would like to share with you my experience of PND.
Undiagnosed (but undeniable), my wife showed great strength to deal with PND that can hit many people after the birth of a child. She is an amazing mother, constantly trying to beat her depression for the benefit of her children, even if it is an exhausting and ongoing effort. I try my best to support her and would swap places in a heartbeat to give her a rest. By sharing, I hope someone gets reassurance that they are doing all they can to help and that those who work within the system may take a second look at the squeaky clean parents in from of them and ask...

To the mum battling mental illness - I see you

30th April 2017 Posted By Rosey Wren
Postnatal Depression
To the mum battling mental illness
You are not alone. Your tears may fall silently but I see you.
When you are painting on a smile when someone asks 'How are you?'
I see you
Those days where getting out of bed, attending to your childs every whim
The same days you lock yourself...

Self Care by R

4th May 2017 Posted By Rosey Wren
Mums Stories, Postnatal Depression
Self care. Two small words filled with love and warmth. Which the NHS defines as knowing how to keep fit and healthy, how to deal with medicines appropriately, manage self-treatable conditions and when to seek appropriate clinical help. If you have a long-term condition, self care is about understanding that condition...

My Postnatal Depression - Amy's Story

1st January 2012 Posted By Rosey Wren
Postnatal Depression
The lovely Amy has asked me to share this with you all, please read and share. Amy is a true inspiration xx
The Amy behind Amy's Boarderline World; I am a yoga obsessed 30 year old mummy of one gorgeous little boy, and a wife to one equally gorgeous man!...

Perry Panda - Explains depression to young children

29th January 2017 Posted By Rosey Wren
Postnatal Depression
Perry Panda is a book written by parent and mental health professional Helen Bashford. It helps explain depression to younger children and what might help mum feel better. Althought not specifically about Postnatal Depression I really loved the idea and purchased a copy for me to read with my...

Hyperemesis Gravidarum & Maternal Mental Health

26th January 2017 Posted By Rosey Wren
Last night on #PNDHour we looked at the effects of Hyperemesis Gravidarum on a womans mental health in pregnancy and after the birth. On average pregnancy sickness affects 70-80% of pregnant women to a greater or lesser extent and 1 in 100-150 women will be admitted to hospital due to the...

Counselling for perinatal mental health and wellbeing - is it for you?

28th January 2017 Posted By Rosey Wren
Postnatal Depression
The following post has very kindly been written by 
Adela Stockton, Psychodynamic Counsellor MBACP
Counselling Connect CIC
Counselling is a generic term used to cover a number of approaches to talking therapy including psychodynamic, person centred, CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy), humanistic and TA (transactional analysis). It has been suggested that certain modalities...

Blue Monday? #PlantASmile

16th January 2017 Posted By Rosey Wren
#PNDChat, Postnatal Depression
Blue Monday (the third Monday in January) has in recent years been dubbed the most depressing day of the year. For those out there like me, who suffer with a mental illness it can feel like it belittles the reality of living with mental illness as you can feel...

Seeking Help for Postnatal Depression

5th January 2017 Posted By Rosey Wren
#PNDHour, Postnatal Depression
Seeking help for Postnatal Depression is the bravest thing you do and you have that courage within you, even if you don't know it.
It is never too late to speak to someone and tell them you are struggling, when you seek help you can get the support you need....
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