For their Christmas special, Eastender’s focused on character Stacey Branning and her struggle with postpartum psychosis. The storyline ignited awareness and discussion about this rarely talked about condition.
Victoria Pavitt experienced psychosis after the birth of her fourth child. Her first experience happened the day after he was born, when Victoria found herself rooted to the spot at top of her stairs. Even though there were only 15 steps, Victoria says she ‘might as well have been staring down the Grand Canyon.’
“My head was filled with images of falling through the air and letting go of my son – and then seeing his tiny body, broken and bleeding, on the ground.”
Having to shuffle down each step on her bottom, Victoria was suffering from postpartum psychosis. While the condition is less common than post-natal depression, affecting one in 1,000 mothers, it is considered more severe.
The illness is thought to be...