Don’t Suffer in Silence – Brona’s Story – Mental Health Matters
Hi all, and welcome back to my blog. Today is day 17 of my mental health awareness month. If you missed yesterdays interview with Gail, get that here. Today I am joined by Brona fromSnaphappymammy. Brona bravley shares her story about her battle with Postnatal depression.
Hi Brona, thank you for taking part in my series, Please tell me a bit about yourself?
Hi, I’m I’m 28 years old, I’m married to my husband of 3 years. We have known each other since we were 14. We were born on the same day in the same hospital! I’m from Dublin, and a first time mammy to my 14month old son. I’m a nurse but currently out sick due to my PND.
What type of Post Natal metal health condition did you, or do you have?Post natal depression and post traumatic stress
When did you first realise that you had a mental health condition, what were your first symptoms?
Probably when my baby was 6 weeks old. I knew that it was more than just the baby blues. My first symptoms were crying for no reason, getting very anxious and overwhelmed if routine deviated a small bit. I refuse to make plans, and I’m afraid to leave the house.
How did this affect your parenting?
Our bond wasn’t as strong as I felt it should have been, I would obsess with cleanliness, and I could become impatient at times.
The first few months were a blur, and I went into auto pilot. I felt I didn’t enjoy my baby and that I needed to do everything by the book for fear of being judged.
What was your biggest worry about having a mental health condition?
That my baby would be taken away from me
This is something that continues to come up during my interviews. Most if not all Mothers I have spoken to with PND fear their baby will be taken away from them,it’s terrifying.
Did you receive any help? If so, what was it?
I take medication, and I am under the care of the mental health team nurse and consultant as well as attending counselling.
Has your mental health improved since?
Yes, I initially started medication then was weaned off after 6 months as was feeling better, but unfortunately symptoms came back worse so was started back on medication which was tripled in dose. I started counselling and under the care of a psychiatrist and I finally feel I am getting there. I still have bad days and dark moments in good days, but I actually full of hope that I will feel normal again.
What do you do personally, to help your own mental health?
I took up a yoga class which I do once a week, and I try to have a bath once or twice a week to try and relax.
Mindfulness if I get time. I try to get out of the house every day and have challenged myself to do something fun every day with my son.
Writing my blog has also been very therapeutic for me.
Do you feel there is enough support out there, for parents with a mental health condition?
No, I think there needs to more awareness about this.
What advice would you give to parents suffering from a postnatal mental health conditon?
Don’t suffer in silence. Go get help cause a problem shared is a problem halved.
Thank you so much for taking the time to complete these questions, and helping me raise awareness. If you want to follow Brona’s jourey, her details are below. tomorrow’s interview is with Miriam, who’s child has Autism and Anxiety. Post goes live at 9am.
Much love 💕