This week I'm going to talk about something which isn't easy for me to talk about, but I figure if it helps one person then its worth me putting it out there.
Anxiety. I like to think of it as depression's crazy sister. I have never suffered from depression or anxiety before in my life, but after Richie was born, I started noticing that I wasn't acting myself. I started noticing my change around 6 months after Richie was born- I was really impatient with everyone and anyone, quite emotional and snappy for no reason. After some time I decided to talk to someone about how I was feeling. I spoke with the ladies at the KEMH Psychological Medicine and they talked me through some things and diagnosed me with anxiety. It took me a while to get back to my normal self but my anxiety still rears her head up every now and then.
During this last week, I have felt my anxiety creeping back to the surface. There has been no real trigger for this; I think its just a combination of pregnancy hormones, dealing with a 2 year old with attitude, and being tired. So over this coming week, my aim is to make more time for myself ( I find taking long walks really helps with my mood and mentality), and just taking a breath before I speak or act.
My message to everyone is that if you feel like you are struggling or not your normal self, seek help. Whether its just talking to a family member or friend or professional help, it really helps.
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I have a feeling there will be numerous posts about anxiety along my pregnancy journey.
I would love to hear your stories relating to anxiety or depression, whether pregnancy related or not.
My name is Briana and I am a wife to Terry, a mother to ,my gorgeous 2 year old son Richie with another bub on the way.