Stigma attached to mental illnesses often pose a huge challenge to their treatment. However, when a celebrity opens up about his or her own problem related to mental health, it leads to some awareness on mental health problems and the stigma attached to them, paving the way for proper treatment. However, that wasn’t the case when singer Lily Allen shared her plight with millions of followers on twitter recently. Instead, she got trolled.
Following a heated twitter debate on the treatment meted out to pensioners and the prejudice shown towards Muslims and immigrants, Allen went on to reveal her fight with bipolar disorder (BD) and how she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the birth of her stillborn son.
When one of the users taunted her for being mentally sick during the war of words on twitter, Allen replied, “I DO have mental health issues. Bipolar, postnatal depression, and PTSD, does that make my opinion void?” She then went on to describe to her 5.9 million followers the event that led to her depression and PTSD in graphic detail, going into labor early and giving birth to her stillborn son six months into her pregnancy.
Known for her erratic behavior, including being drunk in the public and her outspoken political interventions, the 31-year-old singer suffers from BD, which is characterized by extreme mood swings that often last for months and maniacal depression. Allen has often criticized the lack of funding in England’s National Health Service’s (NHS) mental health care. She also spoke about her postnatal depression after the births of her two daughters, Ethel, 5, and Marnie, 4.
Bipolar disorder and postpartum depression
While as many as 70 percent new moms experience “baby blues” within a few days of the delivery, up to one in seven women experiences the serious mood disorder, known as postpartum depression (PPD), according to the American Psychological Association (ASA). When afflicted by PPD, new mothers experience feelings of anxiety, sadness and despair that they find extremely difficult to cope with after giving birth.
New moms who have suffered from BD in the past are more likely to suffer mood swings much more devastating than the usual “baby blues.” Studies indicate that the chances of suffering from PPD are higher in women with BD. About half to two-thirds women with BD type I or type II may face months of severe depression after delivery. Interestingly, pregnancy usually is a positive experience for women suffering from BD and pregnant bipolar women are known to have a much lower risk of suicide.
Sometimes, pregnant women suffering from BD are misdiagnosed as suffering from PPD and treated for that. This can lead to terrible consequences as inappropriate prescription can fuel the BD and even increase the risk of requiring new moms to be hospitalized. So, it is important for pregnant women to be screened for BD early during their pregnancy or even before they conceive.
Recovery road map
Sovereign Health believes that mental illness, addiction and cognitive deficits are brain diseases that constrain people’s lives, but they do not define them. Patients are our highest priority. We screen all individuals upon admission with a view to develop personalized plans for them. A combination program with medications, including antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers, and psychotherapy treatments work best for BD.
Combination personalized plans are used to relieve the symptoms of BD and PPD, develop and improve self-awareness and recovery management. Our evidence-based modalities, like cognitive remediation, neurofeedback, and experiential therapies have worked wonders for our patients.
If you or your loved one is struggling with any form of anxiety, depression, or any other mental illness, you can contact Sovereign Health for information. Our facilities are counted among the top anxiety disorders treatment centers in California. Call our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 for expert advice on our anxiety treatment centers in California, or chat online with our experts.