Adele Knew Her Best Friend Had Postpartum Psychosis Before She Even Realized It Herself

Adele Knew Her Best Friend Had Postpartum Psychosis Before She Even Realized It Herself

The singer, who had postpartum depression, recognized her friend's symptoms while FaceTiming.

By Marianne Garvey

Having gone through her own postpartum struggles, Adele is helping her best friend Laura Dockrill through hers.

Laura was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis, which Adele was the first to notice while the two were FaceTiming. The singer, 30, spotted Laura's symptoms, which can include hallucinations, depression, delusions, anxiety attacks, paranoia, disturbed thoughts and lack of energy.

“She recognized it in me, I was on the phone FaceTiming her and she was the first one to detect what I might have,” Laura told Radio 1 Newsbeat on Tuesday. “The last six months can only be described as hell, it's been the worst time of my life.”

Adele took to Instagram to comment on her friend's struggle: "This is my best friend. We have been best friends for more of our lives than we haven’t. She had my beautiful godson 6 months ago and it was the biggest challenge of her life in more ways than one. She has written the most intimate, witty, heartbreaking and articulate piece about her experience of becoming a new mum and being diagnosed with postpartum psychosis. Mamas talk about how you’re feeling because in some cases it could save yours or someone else’s life x.”

Laura compiled a list of symptoms, feelings, emotions, and thank you notes you can read here.

"My doctor believes that my traumatic birth could be what triggered my illness,” she wrote. “We were then kept on a ward for five days where we basically sobbed and ached and my baby fed from me for 24 hours straight for the entire time," she writes. "There was no respite. I just remember thinking- what the hell have I done? Home became like the Walt Disney castle, I couldn’t wait to get back and just climb into bed and be all cosy. But the second I got home and into bed I was drenched in this terrifying overwhelming sense of fear and dread. Like that Sunday night before school feeling times a million. I felt like I was dying. My breath was short and tight, my heart was pounding out of my chest and my stomach churned."

After the birth of her son Angelo, Adele opened up about her own postpartum depression, saying she thought she had made the “worst mistake” of her life.

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