I gave birth to my daughter in 1984, 2 weeks before Christmas. With all the excitement of her being a first grandchild for my parents and Xmas coming, I didn't get much sleep. I was also breastfeeding. My Mum came to stay after a week and noticed that I was not sleeping and becoming increasingly hyper, saying very strange things, so talked to my husband who called the community midwife. She visited and gave me sleeping pills which should have knocked me out, I only slept for an hour. That night I started saying the most unusual things to my Mum (I thought it was normal) and they decided to call the doctor. He realised I was suffering from post natal psychosis and I was sectioned. I was admitted to the acute psychiatric ward for a week, then moved to a general psychiatric ward for another 3 months, where I had my daughter with me in a locked nursery. I became acutely depressed and it took that amount of time to get my medication right. After I was discharged, I stayed on the medication for another 6 months. I was determined I would never have another child, however, 2 years later, I found out I was pregnant again (definitely not planned!) and gave birth to my son. I was closely monitored, but I didn't have one second of psychosis or depression! I really think that there needs to be more facilities for mothers with this type of illness, that they shouldn't be shoved in with the general psychiatric patients. I just want to give hope to other mothers going through this that there is life after this awful illness.
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