I always had horrible periods. I was a chronic bitch for two weeks out of every month and also suffered severe cramping with heavy bleeding and frequent clots.

Straight after my son’s birth I knew something was wrong. When I got home I just sat in bed staring into space. I couldn’t get out of bed, couldn’t do anything, couldn’t sleep. I would start panicking when I heard the baby cry. My mother had to come and look after us, doing all the work and bringing my son to me for feeds. It was awful. I didn’t want to take antidepressants but it was something I had to do to make myself better.

After my second child was born the same thing happened but I went on the diet for her eczema when she was 4 months old and it really helped me, I felt better than I had for months. Then when I weaned her I went back on my normal diet and started feeling anxious and overwhelmed and I couldn’t sleep even though I was on antidepressants. I know I should have realised I needed to go on the diet again but I was in denial. It all seemed too hard. For me giving up chocolate was a really big thing. I had to decide that feeling good was more important than being able to eat chocolate when I was stressed.

After my daughter was born, I took antidepressants for 12 months, then I spent 18 months weaning myself off them very slowly, because if I went any faster I had withdrawal symptoms. During this time I went on the elimination diet for myself. My PMS, other menstrual problems and depression all disappeared. Challenges showed that I am sensitive to nearly everything. If someone had told me when I first got postnatal depression that my problems were due to food intolerance, I would have gone on the diet straight away. I’ve been on this diet for months and now I can’t really remember what it’s like to be depressed.’ - reader, ACT