For most women, the first few weeks after a baby is born is a wondrous – if tiring – time. By contrast, Adibah Latif’s first few weeks as a mother was wrapped in a terrifying haze.
“I would wake up every night at 3am without fail,” says the 26-year-old, “And each time, I hallucinated that my daughter had three eyes. I had dreams of killing her.”
It’s easy to brush off a few tears and upsets in the first few weeks after giving birth as a case of the notorious “baby blues.” But at some point, mothers need to be aware that a depression that continues on and on is neither normal nor healthy. Adibah is one of the many women who suffer from a severe form of postpartum depression (PPD), a severe, long-lasting form of depression that can lead to psychosis if left untreated for too long.
Published: 26th March 2014