Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help – Farrah’s Story – Mental Health Awareness
Hi all, and welcome back to day 18 of my mental health awareness month. If you missed yesterdays interview with Miriam, read that here. Today I am joined by Farrah from newnaturalmom. Farrah talks to me about her battle with postpartum depression.
I’m a natural parenting blogger and mom of five kids. I’ve been married for 8.5 years. I love writing, reading, and listening to music.
What type of Post Natal metal health condition did you, or do you have?
I was diagnosed with postpartum depression.
When did you first realise that you had a mental health condition, what were your first symptoms?
My symptoms were that I was extremely tired, disinterested in life, and withdrawn. Extreme anxiety about being alone was another one.
These are symptoms I have heard a lot doing this series.
Has this had an impact on your parenting?
I was harsher with words than I normally am. I slept a lot more when my spouse was home and he took on more of my responsibilities.
What was your biggest worry about having a mental health condition?
How much it was going to affect my children and the overall well-being of my household. I wondered if I was ever going to be the same again.
Did you receive any help? If so, what was it?
Yes, I decided to get on medication after it didn’t resolve within a reasonable amount of time.
Do you feel your mental health improved since?
I am doing much better overall. I am interested in things we love like extracurricular activities, small road trips, and working on our home.
I am glad you are doing better now.
What do you do personally, to help your own mental health?
First of all, I had to quit sacrificing my sleep. If I get less than adequate sleep for reasons beyond my control, I have to be conscious of that and lower my expectations for that day. I also take time to do things I enjoy like socializing with friends. My children are my pride and joy, but going out with friends every few months has been nice!
Do you feel there is enough support out there, for parents with a mental health condition?
Absolutely not. There’s still a stigma attached to it. I reached out to family members and was encouraged not to get on medication because it was seen as weak or because I was breastfeeding. I was a stronger person with the help of medication. It was hard to admit that, because I am passionate about natural living, but there’s a time and a place for medication.
Definitely and it can be really difficult to make that decision if the people around you don’t support your decision.
What advice would you give to parents suffering from a postnatal mental health condition?
DO NOT be afraid to ask for help. If you don’t get it, go somewhere else and get it. No matter how much that black cloud surrounds you, there is a way back into the sun.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions, to help me raise awareness. If you would like to follow Farrah’s journey, her details are below. Tomorrow we are talking with Erin, who suffers from PTSD and Anxiety. Post goes live at 9am.
Much love 💕