Adele Shares Her Best Friend's 'Intimate, Witty' Post About Postpartum Psychosis

"Talk about how you're feeling."

Adele took to social media this week to support her best friend and other fellow mothers with a discussion of an important issue. In a message posted to Twitter and Instagram, Adele wrote about her friend Laura Dockrill, whose six-month-old son is the singer's godson.

She linked to Dockrill's account of her battle with postpartum psychosis, written for the blog Mother of all Lists. Adele calls the piece "intimate, witty, heartbreaking and articulate," and encourages mothers to "talk about how you're feeling because in some cases it could save yours or someone else's life."


As Bustle points out, postpartum psychosis is less common than postpartum depression. According to Postpartum Support International, the condition occurs in 1 to 2 out of every 1,000 births. In Dockrill's case, her doctor believes her "traumatic birth" experience could have triggered the illness.

"It's not easy to admit that the worst time of your life was when your baby was born," she writes in her account, adding that she experienced "mania, mood swings, insomnia, delusions, paranoia, anxiety, severe depression with a lovely side order of psychosis." She was also suicidal.

Following an intervention, Dockrill was hospitalized for two weeks. With the help of medication and psychotherapy, she says she is "healed and recovering more and more each day." She explained that she chose to share her story to "raise awareness of this awful sickness and to confront the stigma attached to post natal depression and the pressure put on women to become mothers."

Dockrill isn't alone. In 2016, Adele opened up about her own struggle with postpartum depression after giving birth to her son, explaining, "I felt very inadequate; I felt like I'd made the worst decision of my life." 

Several other famous moms, including Chrissy Teigen, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Serena Williams, have also been open about their experiences with postpartum depression. "I'm here to say: if you are having a rough day or week--it's ok--I am, too!!!" Williams wrote on Instagram earlier this month.

In Adele's case, she coped by setting time aside for herself. "I'm going to give myself an afternoon a week, just to do whatever the fuck I want without my baby," she said. "It makes you a better mom if you give yourself a better time."


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