My -emotional -ode -recovery

Three months after the birth of her second child, Rachel Kelly found herself sinking into deep depression. Here she describes how her life spiralled out of control – and how she was saved by her passion for poetry
Rachel today

Rachel in 1997

In the space of just a few days my life had completely unravelled. A trapdoor had opened beneath me. I no longer struggled to get up. I stopped getting dressed.

My worries terrified me. They were no longer the more quotidian fears I had entertained in what now seemed a gentle introduction to the madness. I didn

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