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Emotional Health for Parents

Personal Stories of Depression and Anxiety

Allie's Story

I’m a professional, intelligent woman and I felt I should have been able to deal with it. Every day I would wake up and put on “the face” to cover up what I was feeling…

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Debbie's Story

The second pregnancy was so different because I already had a toddler…

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Jane's Story

I was diagnosed with depression during my second pregnancy following a very ‘loud’ argument with my husband over a bag of potting mix!

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Sophie's Story

My first visit to a psychologist was shortly after I was diagnosed with antenatal depression. It was scary to start with because I felt so overwhelmed with negative feelings…

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Rachel's Story

Now that I am “well”, it is difficult to remember the thoughts and feelings during my darkest times. All I can recall is that I truly believed that I would never be happy or content again…  

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Tanja and Mark's Story

Tanja
I kept telling myself that I couldn’t have depression. This was supposed to be the most beautiful time of my life. He was supposed to “complete me”…

Mark
She would wait for me to come home from work at the front door so that I could take the baby from her. I felt like I didn’t get any rest - working all day and taking care of the baby at night because she couldn’t stand to be near him…

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Just Speak Up

For more personal stories visit beyondblue's Just Speak Up website.
The campaign aims to promote awareness of depression and anxiety, reduce stigma and provide information about where to get help. You can also upload your own story, either as a video or a written account. By speaking up, you can help to support women and families going through a difficult time.

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