The best friend of superstar Adel has revealed how the singer was the first person to recognise that she was suffering from postpartum psychosis.
Laura Dockrill has spoken how her ‘spirit sister’ Adele detected the signs of the serious mental illness in her not long after she gave birth to the singer’s godson.
Adele, 30, spotted Laura’s symptoms – which can include hallucinations, depression and mania – while the two were FaceTiming.
Laura told Radio 1 Newsbeat, ‘She recognised it in me, I was on the phone FaceTiming her and she was the first one to detect what I might have.’
‘The last six months can only be described as hell, it’s been the worst time of my life.’
Postpartum psychosis affects one in ten thousand mums and Laura has now written an article detailing the terrifying impact of her illness for Mother Of Fall Lists.
In the piece, Laura thanks her ‘one and only spirit sister Adele’ for her support, while Adele has shared a link to the article and urged fellow mothers to discuss how they are feeling after birth.
Sharing a selfie of the duo, Adele wrote: ‘This is my best friend. We have been friends for more of our lives than we haven’t. She had my beautiful godson 6 months ago and it was the biggest challenge of her life in more ways than one… ”
She has written the most intimate, witty, heartbreaking and articulate piece about her experience of becoming a new mum and being diagnosed with postpartum psychosis…’
‘Mamas talk about how you’re feeling because in some cases it could save yours or someone else’s life x Link in my bio to Laura’s story.’
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Laura’s no holds barred story reveals the trauma she went through: ‘I felt like I was dying. My breath was short and tight, my heart was pounding out of my chest and my stomach churned…’
‘I started getting severe anxiety attacks believing I was having a heart attack, that my stitches would split in the night…’
‘That my baby was going to die because he was so small and if I didn’t feed him 24/7 it would be all my fault. That I was a terrible person and an awful mother. My psychosis took a dark turn.’
‘I still can’t exactly work out what exactly happened or what form it took on, all I know is I was completely terrified, lost, confused and scared for myself and my son and that I didn’t trust ANYBODY- I even accused Hugo of kidnapping our baby.’
Laura also shared a photo taken after giving birth with the caption: ‘I used to hate this photograph of me and had it hidden away with all the other baby stuff I didn’t want to look at but now I love it because it shows I survived…’
‘This week my baby turns 6 months old and I feel like it’s an achievement in more ways than one. I don’t usually do oversharing on social media (I’ve covered over my boobies here rather professionally as you can see for my dignity…’
‘Not that I have much of that dignity stuff left anyway after the last 6 months and YES my nail varnish is chipped but if you had to change 15 nappies a day and have your arms elbow deep in washing up liquid your nails would be pretty chipped too…’
‘And who gets a chance to paint their nails with a baby splodging around the place anyway?) but the more I’ve spoken about this experience AKA the WORST TIME OF MY ACTUAL LIFE the more I’ve realised the urgency of writing about it…’
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‘More women and their partners have opened up with their own experiences that have just felt too ashamed or embarrassed to talk about it. It’s not easy to admit that the worst time of your life was when your baby was born…’
‘Social media gives a very shiny exterior of life to be frank and it’s not the full picture, so I wanted to unlock some doors and be honest..’
‘I’ve been somewhere I can’t unsee and- in case there is anybody out there struggling – to open up a dialogue and say it’s ok. You are not broken… Alrighty… I’m gonna be brave…so here we go’.
For support with postpartum psychosis or issues surrounding the illness visit national charity Action On Postpartum Psychosis on www.app-network.org