Rachel: Writing about my postnatal depression helped me overcome it
I developed OCD, became fanatical about little rituals or routine and refused to talk to anybody about how I was feeling. Eventually, after weeks of self-harming, I sought medical help and was put on anti-depressants. I was offered counselling and moved back to my parents home for extra support.
It took me almost two years to overcome PND and I finally dealt with what had happened to me by writing a book about my experience. 'Strangers In My Mind' helped me let out all the secrets and emotions I had spent so long hiding. I wanted to make what I went through worthwhile and set up a website and a facebook group to help raise awareness of postnatal illness.
I would urge anybody that feels sad, alone or scared to talk to somebody.
Ask for help, because there is plenty out there!