DONEGAL actress Michelle Doherty has revealed she suffered from post-natal depression after having her son Max and blamed being away from her family and friends here.
“It didn’t happen to me until about eight months. But I thought it was because I was lonely and I didn’t have my support network,” she said in an interview with the Sunday Independent.
“All I did was cry. I just couldn’t get my head around anything
“I don’t know this. I don’t know how to deal with this because it’s not me. I kept thinking to myself, I’ve got an amazing partner. I’ve got an amazing, healthy baby boy.
“What more do you want? What’s wrong with you? And you’re giving out to yourself saying, ‘cop on’, but it’s out of your control.
“There is nothing you can do to stop how you feel. I was trying to be really strong for Max on a daily basis when Mark was at work,” she added.
“I want him to think life is great, everything is great. I always make a conscious decision, no matter what’s happening, I’ll always have a happy head on around him.
“It was just this constant battle you think, ‘Oh my God, is every day going to be like this? Am I always going to feel like this? Am I ever going to be able to shake it off?’ That’s the scary thing about it,” said the Malin woman.
Suffering from PND has made the TV star think about the bigger issues and has given her a new perspective on life, she said.