TV’s Andrea McLean has revealed how she hid her PND for three years after she had her baby girl
Andrea admitted that returning to work so soon after having Amy could have contributed to her PND
Former GMTV presenter Andrea McLean has revealed how she struggled with postnatal depression for three years before she got help.
The Loose Women star admitted in an interview with the Mirror that many of her close friends and family didn’t realise she was experiencing PND at the time, as she hid the condition so well.
“It was a dark time for me. I felt completely down and miserable, but I didn’t want to burden anyone with what was going on,” she said. “So in breaks on the show I would run to the loos and cry my eyes out.”
“No one knew what was happening,” Andrea added. “I managed to hide it very well, for a long time.”
Andrea, 42, eventually visited her doctor who diagnosed PND. “My doctor put me on medication and after about four weeks it was as if a switch had been flicked and I was coming back to myself,” she said. “Of course I couldn’t come off the medication straight away just because I was feeling better, I had to do it properly. But I realised I had kept quiet for far too long.”
Amy is now 5 and Andrea also sorted out another medical problem she’s had since her birth – an umbilical hernia, which was successfully operated on this year.
If you think you’re suffering any of the symptoms of PND, head to your doctor.
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