Just another manic mom-day is a blog about being a mum and mental health challenges. I have suffered from anxiety and depression for a large part of my adult life and on the birth of my daughter in 2010 I suffered with postpartum psychosis. This was a very challenging and harrowing experience for me and my family. I plan to use this blog to open up about my experience and I hope that in doing that I can demistify the illness, challenge stereotypes and empower others. It is said that one in four people suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives, yet a lot of taboo still surrounds the subject. Some people find it hard to address an illness they can’t see or relate to. I have found that since being unwell after the birth or my daughter and talking about it openly, people respond in a positive way and often confess to their own emotional difficulties. I believe that by talking about mental ill health it can be normalised and I endeavour to be an ambassador for mental health and wellbeing.
As well as talking about my history and the experience of my family members, I will also share tips and ideas I have learnt along the way. I hope that my story and daily commentary on motherhood and emotional wellbeing will act as a support to those who suffer similar symptoms, have family or friends that are suffering/have suffered or people who have a general interest in mental wellbeing.
Also, it is my goal to keep abreast of up-to-date research and news on psychosis and related areas and I will share those links here.
Lastly, I would like to thank my little sister for devising the name of the blog and her undying support, my husband for his courage and love, my mum for being her and my aunty J for being there. I also extend my thanks to all my family and great friends without whom I would not be in the strong position I am in today. Lara and Louise, you deserve a special mention. Props go to Jimbob for all the technical bits and lots of patience.And finally, Munchie, my pride and joy, you keep me sane.
I welcome thoughts, feedback and comments.