Louise Thompson candidly discusses her medication amid her PTSD recovery

Louise Thompson has given an update on her ongoing battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression following the traumatic birth of her son.

The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, welcomed her son Leo-Hunter with her fiancé Ryan Libbey, also 31, in December but was left in intensive care for five weeks following serious complications.

Louise has been diagnosed with severe anxiety since the birth, and in new Instagram post on Friday spoken about the treatment she’s undertaking.

The star revealed that with the severity of her condition making ‘mindfulness’ and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) obsolete, she has instead been prescribed ‘mind altering drugs’ to help in her recovery.

Brave: Louise Thompson, 31, has given an update on her ongoing battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression

The brunette beauty also shared intimate snaps, where she can be seen with her medication in hand, as she wears bracelets that read: ‘Louise, Mama’.

She wrote: ‘Severe anxiety and depression are not things you can just fix using’ mindfulness ‘or cbt … sometimes you need mind altering drugs to pluck you out of a really deep hole’.

‘For a while i felt so rubbish that the highlight of my day was feeling pain or needing the loo because they were the only things that brought me back to reality. I bet that’s hard to imagine. I could never have imagined suffering like this myself ”.

‘I was one of those people that read about PTSD and didn’t understand how people couldn’t just be’ over ‘something after it had happened. How could survivors not be grateful to have survived? Why couldn’t they just move on with their lives? ‘

PTSD: The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, welcomed her son Leo-Hunter with her fiancé Ryan Libbey, also 31, in December but was left in intensive care for five weeks following serious complications

PTSD: The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, welcomed her son Leo-Hunter with her fiancé Ryan Libbey, also 31, in December but was left in intensive care for five weeks following serious complications

‘When I was having one of my worst’ terrors’ I whaled at Ryan and my mum asking them why I couldn’t have just died on the operating table because that would have been easier. Anything felt easier than this’.

‘There was one point where I wanted to be admitted to A&E so that people could witness the pain I was in and inject me with something to put an end to it or at least put me to sleep. I wanted to be monitored. ‘

‘I was very close to admitting myself to the nearest mother and baby unit, but that scared the shit out of me because at that point I couldn’t even look at Leo or anyone except my immediate family, let alone look after myself’.

Mum: The star revealed that with the severity of her condition making 'mindfulness' and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) obsolete, she has instead been prescribed 'mind altering drugs' to help in her recovery

Mum: The star revealed that with the severity of her condition making ‘mindfulness’ and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) obsolete, she has instead been prescribed ‘mind altering drugs’ to help in her recovery

‘Being alive honestly felt like torture. Over the past few months I longed for a physical injury because then at least there might be a tangible treatment for it… I might be able to ‘see’ progress or my body getting better. There would be tests for it … Scans, blood tests etc. SOMETHING that people could see ‘.

The reality star ended the post by revealing how much the treatment has helped, by admitted that it wasn’t all plain sailing.

‘Anyway, I don’t want this to be another super depressing post. The good news is that i’m making progress and i’m nowhere near where I was. I wanted to give up on a few occasions but I stuck with it. You should too. In fact I beg you to keep going ‘.

‘I needed help from modern medicine and I am SO grateful that I took it. (My brain was so scared of medication and resisted it in a BIG WAY), but I kept going. I actually had to have people check on me to make sure I was taking the medication and the crisis team spoke to get Ryan to insist that he witness me take it. It turns’.

Happy families: She wrote: 'Severe anxiety and depression are not things you can just fix using' mindfulness 'or cbt ... sometimes you need mind altering drugs to pluck you out of a really deep hole' (pictured with fiancé Ryan Libbey)

Happy families: She wrote: ‘Severe anxiety and depression are not things you can just fix using’ mindfulness ‘or cbt … sometimes you need mind altering drugs to pluck you out of a really deep hole’ (pictured with fiancé Ryan Libbey)

Fans and famous friends rushed to congratulate Louise on her brave post with fellow Made In Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh writing: ‘You are so brave, sending so much love xx’

While a fan agreed: ‘Your story is inspirational..I am just so so sorry you had to go through this all’.

A second added: ‘You’re so brave to share this and you’re doing so well to keep vocalising it – so strong even if you don’t feel like it’.

Post: Louise shared a lengthy post about her medication and how it's helping her PTSD recovery

Post: Louise shared a lengthy post about her medication and how it’s helping her PTSD recovery

This comes as the new Mum revealed that she tells people who suggest she stands in the garden whilst listening to music to ‘f ** k off’.

If only recovery was as simple as doing one or two things, ‘she admitted.

‘I’ve found it takes buckets of different things and lots of help (a bit like raising a child does). The saying ‘it takes an army to raise a child’ have never been more true. The same applies to mental health and thank goodness for kind people, close friends, doctors, charities, psychiatrists and family members. ‘

Skin!  Louise and Ryan welcomed Leo at the end of 2021, following a traumatic birth with serious complications

Skin! Louise and Ryan welcomed Leo at the end of 2021, following a traumatic birth with serious complications

Famous Friends: Sans and famous friends rushed to congratulate the star on her brave post

Famous Friends: Sans and famous friends rushed to congratulate the star on her brave post

Gushing: 'Your story is inspirational..I am just so so sorry you had to go through this all'.

Gushing: ‘Your story is inspirational..I am just so so sorry you had to go through this all’.

wow: 'You're so brave to share this and you're doing so well to keep vocalising it - so strong even if you don't feel like it

wow: ‘You’re so brave to share this and you’re doing so well to keep vocalising it – so strong even if you don’t feel like it

Louise gave birth to her first child back in November and spent five weeks in hospital suffering from complications after nearly dying during labor.

On December 23, Louise admitted that she ‘never imagined that so many bad things could happen to me, but to dance with death twice brings a whole new view of the world – a stark reminder of how short and sacred life really is.’

While she confessed that she was’ in a bit of a strange place mentally and physically, ‘the new mum said that she was finally at a place where she could’ see a future where I get to live peacefully on this earth with my son. ‘

If you have been affected by anything in this story please contact Birth Trauma Association at birthtraumaassociation.org.uk

For help and support with perinatal mental illness please contact PANDAS on 0808 1961 776

Tough: Louise previously revealed she is struggling to leave the house as she battles Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after nearly dying giving birth to her son

Tough: Louise previously revealed she is struggling to leave the house as she battles Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after nearly dying giving birth to her son

WHAT IS POSTNATAL DEPRESSION?

Postnatal depression is a form of the mental-health condition that affects more than one in 10 women in the UK and US within a year of giving birth.

As many men can be affected as women, research suggests.

Many parents feel down, teary and anxious within the first two weeks of having a child, which is often called the ‘baby blues’.

But if symptoms start later or last longer, they may be suffering from postnatal depression.

Postnatal depression is just as serious as others form of the mental-health disorder.

Symptoms includes:

  • Persistent sadness
  • Lack of enjoyment or interest in the wider world
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Struggling to bond with your baby
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Frightening thoughts, such as hurting your baby

Sufferers should not wait for their symptoms to just go away.

Instead they should recognize that it is not their fault they are depressed and it does not make them a bad parent.

If you or your partner may be suffering, talk to your GP or health visitor.

Treatments can include self-help, such as talking to loved ones, resting when you can and making time to do things you enjoy. Therapy may also be prescribed.

In severe cases where other options have not helped, antidepressants may be recommended. Doctors will prescribe ones that are safe to take while breastfeeding.

Postnatal depression’s cause is unclear, however, it is more common in those with a history of mental-health problems.

Lack of support from loved ones, a poor relationship with the partner and a life-changing event, such as bereavement, can also raise the risk.

Source: NHS

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