Adele's best friend, and mother to her godson, just suffered from postpartum psychosis and Adele publicly showed her support.
On Monday, Adele posted on Instagram about her best friend's struggle with postpartum psychosis. The post has over 1.2 million likes.
In the post, she references her friend Laura Dockrill. Laura recently recovered from a severe bout of post-partum psychosis. During her recovery she realized that the condition is not only rare, but treatment of it is even more uncommon. She wanted to take the opportunity to share her experience.
In Laura's Instagram post she said,
"Social media gives a very shiny exterior of life to be frank and it's not the full picture, so I wanted to unlock some doors and be honest- I've been somewhere I can't unsee and- in case there is anybody out there struggling - to open up a dialogue and say it's ok. You are not broken..."
In the blog, Laura describes the condition.
"I didn't recognise myself and I felt like an intruder in my own life, like a fraud and a complete failure."
She also explains why it was important to her to share her experience.
"Talking about this has been a huge part of my recovery and I was constantly searching for any stories that offered me hope or salvation in this dark and testing time so that's why I've shared this and to raise awareness of this awful sickness and to confront the stigma attached to post natal depression and the pressure put on women to become mothers."
Finally, Laura tells mothers who are suffering from the same condition that they shouldn't blame themselves.
"It's nothing to be embarrassed about, it's a chemical imbalance, an avalanche of hormones and it is NOT your fault."
Laura's account resonated with fellow mothers on Twitter.
@HuffPost I had postpartum psychosis. I attempted suicide a month after my child was born. I was hospitalized for… https://t.co/7Vt19HhTx9— Lisa Shaner (@Lisa Shaner)1534335868.0
@BBCNews My daughter suffered 4 days after birth of her baby, still suffering two years later, more needs to be don… https://t.co/tvjywwpZgc— Helen Comoy (@Helen Comoy)1534191954.0
@SkyNews I had postpartum psychosis after the birth of my twins. What should have been the most wonderful time of m… https://t.co/K0NAkAO1ql— Corinna Jennings (@Corinna Jennings)1534264863.0
Doctors and family members of sufferers agreed that it is a rare, but very real, condition.
@NME @mrCarlWoodward More stories like this need to be shared #YouAreNotAlone— Cllr Sue Moffat (@Cllr Sue Moffat)1534270905.0
@BBCNews @Adele . This can happen to any woman having just given birth. Thank you for raising the profile of the d… https://t.co/fiCwLwtqwL— Jane Smith (@Jane Smith)1534194786.0
@LauraDockrill @Adele Beautiful friendship. Let’s always be conscious Post Partum Depression can happen. It’s not… https://t.co/cqQNEUQ93o— Aidan O’Connell (@Aidan O’Connell)1534279783.0
This kind of story makes me so happy. Post partum depression is brutal and this kind of support is powerful and in… https://t.co/UvUB6a5yK9— Dr.Bart Andrews@BHR (@Dr.Bart Andrews@BHR)1534271118.0
Others are touched by Adele's unwavering support of her friend.
@SkyNews Just when I thought I couldn't love and admire Adele more...♥️🙏 https://t.co/xfZ5rofr7g— Leigh Collins (@Leigh Collins)1534301880.0
@people Love this❤️— Abby (@Abby)1534207969.0
@SkyNews I love @Adele - she’s such a nice down to earth person with a lot of compassion who is there for people fr… https://t.co/XSiq9BOovc— annasabreze (@annasabreze)1534263909.0
If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources. You are not alone.