Blues made me want to kill baby
Having a baby can be both exhilarating and exhausting. It can bring much joy, but it can also challenge you in ways you never expected. Soon after giving birth, many women feel weepy and moody. You may be blessed with a beautiful baby and a loving partner, yet you find yourself crying over things that usually wouldn't bother you.
You may also feel exhausted, unable to sleep, trapped, or anxious. Your appetite may increase or decrease, or you might feel irritable, nervous, worried about being a good mother, or afraid that being a mother will never feel better than it does right now.
She didn’t know it at the time, but she was suffering from severe post natal depression.
Mum's army ... Lisa with daughters
Around one in 10 women in the UK experience PND after having a baby - symptoms range from irritability, tiredness and lack of appetite to feeling guilty, anxious and suicidal.
Lisa, 35, has every sympathy for Sasikala Navaneethan, a mother who was sectioned under the Mental Health Act earlier this week, suspected of stabbing two of her children to death and critically wounding her six-month-old baby.
She says: “Her case is obviously rare - and extreme - but I can imagine the desperation she was feeling.”