This week I finally decided to start a Postnatal Depression Toolkit, and did the first post to go with it all about medication. Whilst I do enjoy writing about being a parent, it’s also something that’s relatively new to me. I’ve loved learning on the job, and am vastly different in what I know now than when we first brought Isabelle home, but depression is something that I feel I know an awful lot about. And most importantly, it’s something that I feel I can genuinely help people with. I’m not sure whether that’s actually true, and maybe all my advice…

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We were never supposed to do this alone. Raising a child was something that the whole tribe likely would have taken a role in. And as for the mother, she would’ve been surrounded by others who had either been there before, or ones who were in the same boat as she was. My point being, if you’re struggling because you’re doing this on your own, then it’s because you were never supposed to.

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I can sit here and give out all the advice that I can possibly think of to help with postnatal depression, but if you’re in that bad of a place you simply aren’t going to care. This is why antidepressants are the first thing that I’m going to talk about as part of my postnatal depression toolkit. Antidepressants If you feel the symptoms of postnatal depression, or depression in general, then the very first thing that you should do is go and see your doctor. It took me six years from when I first had depression. But my wife eventually made…

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I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, I love taking Isabelle away.

It was one of the things that kick started my recovery from postnatal depression, and it’s something that we’ve tried to do on a semi-regular basis. Even if it is only for two nights like this was. But going away together as a family is a great way to get away from all the distractions and focus on the three of us.

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As you’re probably already aware yourself, it’s starting to get a little colder and a little darker. I try to find enjoyment in all the seasons we’re graced with in the UK, but what I love most when it starts to get like this is something very simple. Candles. I don’t care about the ones that smell nice, or colourful ones or anything silly like that. I just love the light. Don’t get me wrong, you can light candles in the summer, or even buy a lamp for the winter. But we’re in bed by 9pm pretty much every night as…

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