Whilst people may think that having that all-important connection with your own child is instantaneous as soon as they’re born – this isn’t always the case, in fact, according to Doctor Hillary Jones on Good Morning Britain, one in 10 mothers actually suffer from postnatal depression.
It seems that not only was this first time mother a sufferer with the condition, she just so happened to be one of the most successful female singers in the world.
Adele opened up in an emotional interview with Vanity Fair about the aftermath of the birth of her son, Angelo James Knoecki:
“I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and it frightened me.My knowledge of postpartum – or postnatal, as we call it in England – is that you don’t want to be with your child; you’re worried you might hurt your child; you’re worried you weren’t doing a good job.
But I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate; I felt like I’d made the worst decision of my life… It can come in many different forms.”
Whilst the British singer refused to take any form of anti-depressant medication, she was encouraged by her partner, Simon Knoecki, to speak to other mothers about her struggles.
Adele found it difficult at first but she soon opened up about her post-natal depression and felt so much better for it. She stated that her depression ‘lifted’ when she finally stated that she had a problem.
The critically acclaimed artist told the magazine that the way she deals with her mental health issue is to spend just one afternoon per week without her son:
“I just to do whatever the f*ck I want without my baby’.
A friend of mine said, “Really? Don’t you feel bad?” I said, “I do, but not as bad as I’d feel if I didn’t do it.’ It makes you a better mum if you give yourself a better time.”
After Adele revealed her struggles with post-natal depression, Good Morning Britain viewers sent floods of messages via Twitter to the show to talk about their own experiences with the condition.
Since there is a massive stigma surrounding something that many mothers go through, it is amazing that such high-profile artists like Adele have helped the general public to seek help for their mental health.