Adele shared a heartfelt message on Instagram Monday, introducing fans to her best friend in the world, writer Laura Lee Dockrill.
But her message was far from lighthearted, and focused on Dockrill's recent bout with postpartum psychosis:
As Adele explained in the caption, the birth of Dockrill's son triggered a rare mental reaction in the new mother, something more severe than postpartum depression.
According to a review of the disorder from the National Institutes of Health archives, postpartum psychosis occurs in one to two of every thousand new mothers, and there is a connection to bipolar disorder.
Dockrill detailed her experience in a blog post, which Adele linked to.
"It's not easy to admit that the worst time of your life was when your baby was born," Dockrill wrote. "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."
Symptoms of postpartum psychosis, which can develop within two to three days of giving birth, include "paranoid, grandiose or bizarre delusions, mood swings, confused thinking and grossly disorganized behavior," according to NIH.
Adele herself experienced mental health issues after giving birth to her son Angelo in 2012. As she told Vanity Fair in 2016, she felt "very inadequate" even though she loved her little boy.
"I felt like I'd made the worst decision of my life," she said in the interview.
"Birth and motherhood is a shock to the system and traumatic and we shouldn't have to suffer in silence," wrote Dockrill. "You have to talk."
Dockrill is on the mend after spending two weeks in the hospital after an intervention. It's nice to see the two pals smiling again, and Adele is even the little guy's godmother!
But as the singer urges in her caption, "Mamas talk about how you're feeling because in some cases it could save yours or someone else's life."
Now, that's truly a best friend, forever.
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