In Jan 2008 I had a beautiful Son, but became ill shortly thereafter and developed Peurperal Pyschosis. Expected to have the best time of my life something my husband and I had longed for, but yet this turned into a nightmare which was real.
Stayed in Mother & Baby Unit for two months and then discharged, not fully well but on the road to recovery. Had a couple of weeks at home but things started to deteriorate quite quickly and fell into deep depression. I readmitted myself back into MBU where I stayed for a further 5 months.
I had to have ECT (11 sessions) which kick started me back into better health. I was eventually diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.
Left MBU in Sept 2008 and had a little time at home before going back to full time employment in Nov 2008. 4 Years on I am well and off medication and finally got my life back.
Sad though it may be, I decided with my husband that I could never go through this again as the risks would be very high, so no more children. We are making the most of being a family.
Our saying throughout everything was “Onwards & Upwards" –you do get well even though you don’t think it at the time!