Smiles are the greatest mask.

Posted by Danica Quabba on

Smiles can be deceiving can't they!

Okay I want to post today about a so called Taboo topic one surrounded in Stigma and hidden away from the public eye....MENTAL HEALTH!

You are all aware now if you have read my previous blogs about our circumstances. What you may not be aware of is that before commencing my nursing studies I had completed majority of study towards my psychology degree. You would think that would better prepare me to manage my own mental health....WRONG.

Three years ago after Abigail's birth I was diagnosed with severe Post Natal Depression (PND) it took my 4 months to admit that I needed help and to seek out my GP. Long story short I managed to overcome this and went on to have another baby without these struggles.

Little did I know that was not the end of my mental health struggles. Recently after again a huge period of time longer than I care to admit, I sought the help of my GP. I kept having periods of heart palpitations, hot flushes, nausea and lightheadedness accompanied with this god awful feeling emotionally. I reflect now and think how I missed the earlier signs that I wasn't coping. I was convinced my symptoms were some physical illness, not once did I think it could be anxiety, I mean I had rarely experience anxiety in my whole life and never severe. My symptoms were periodic and would come in social or stressful situations, which if you know my life is literally constantly.

I went on like this for months constantly on edge waiting for the next thing to happen with Abigail's health or some other problem rear its ugly head. My body was in a constant state of stress and the anxiety manifested from mental to physical constantly. This got that severe that Jason and myself cut a date night short due to what I know now was a panic attack. I am happy to say now with the support of my GP and therapist I am coping and learning to manage my anxiety. Majority of you who see me out and about, I can guarantee you never would have guessed.

The point is even with all the information out there mental health is severely underrepresented and not talked about enough, the so called taboo is still very much in force.

There is nothing wrong in admitting your struggles or asking for help. It shows strength and courage and I can guarantee you will feel that weight lift off you just by talking about it.

My inbox is always open and I can guarantee a zero judgement environment to have a chat. I want to reiterate to what each of my blog's encompass and that is that everyone is experiencing different circumstances bee kind as the cute nappy above says πŸ˜‰.

As someone close to me recently said; Life is like an iceberg you only see a snippet of that persons circumstances, there is so much more going on underneath that smile or hello.

There are so many helplines out there as well for anonymity who can give you practical advice, I will list a few below.

Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36
MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

The Medicalised Mumma x

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