I believed my baby girl was a boy … sold to Daily MirrorPosted: May 18, 2010
Real-life post-natal depression story in the DAILY MIRROR newspaper yesterday.
Grace Sharrock’s true story of how she suffered from such bad post-natal depression with her first daughter, she believed she was a boy, is required reading for anyone who has experienced problems after the birth of their baby.
Because the inspirational message that Grace wanted to publicise is you can have another baby (or even babies in her case) and not suffer again from post-natal depression.
Grace’s depression was diagnosed by doctors as the worse possible kind – puerperal psychosis – and she needed hospital treatment to help her. Meanwhile, her newborn baby was taken away from her.
So when she got pregnant with twins, naturally she was terrified the same thing might happen again. This time she took a lithium – no-one knows how it works but it lifts the hormones. And, incredibly when her son and daughter were born she felt fine. I am pleased to report she is still fine and showing no signs of the crippling post natal depression she had with first baby Ellie.
Grace also wanted to publish a book she has written herself – Saving Grace – which tells her real life story in her own words. And the Daily Mirror publicised her book, which is available from Amazon from June, at the end of her story.
Do you have a story to tell about post-natal depression or puerperal psychosis. If so, do go to my website to see how you too can sell your story to the press.