Louise Thompson stated that she cried ‘twenty times’ this week as she explained her progress with PTSD on Instagram on Saturday.
The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, gave birth to her first child, Leo Hunter, in November and spent five weeks in the hospital with complications after nearly dying in labour.
Louise explained how her “path to recovery won’t be linear” as she has noticed the highs and lows over the past few days.
With it: Louise Thompson, 31, frankly stated that she cried ‘twenty times’ this week while detailing her progress with PTSD on Instagram on Saturday
Louise has been detailing her mental health struggles ever since, and said she suffers from PTSD.
In her latest post, she admitted that while she is still struggling with her fears of death, she has been able to manage some of her daily tasks.
She wrote along with a photo with her son Leo in a pram standing by a flower stand has thousands of ideas every day.
Louise wrote: 60,000 thoughts go through my head every day. If I can try to get 3001 of them to be unconcerned thoughts, I kind of win. I honestly have never known such concern. It is an inexplicable feeling. But it is not, and I began to understand it.
Candid: After giving birth, Louise has been detailing her struggles with mental health ever since, and has said she suffers from PTSD.
I want to say a big thank you to everyone for your outpouring of love, your kind words, your cards, your flowers, your gifts, your supportive/constructive messages… Most of all, I want to thank you for your great patience, sorry if I’m slow.
“The days are moving at a strange speed and I don’t seem to get much done. Even thinking about it sends me into a panic. I don’t know if I want to speed up my recovery or slow down the precious moments.
She shared her journey isn’t “linear” and there will be ups and downs. Louise wrote: “Unfortunately this week wasn’t as easy as last, but like any ‘shift’ I know it won’t be linear and instead my path to recovery will take the form of a zigzag…much like my fitness transformation all those years past.
Louise then wrote about the positives she’s experienced this week, including that she had a meal with her son and partner Ryan Libby.
Strong: Louise wrote in the caption: 60,000 thoughts go through my head every day. If I can try to get 3001 of them to be unobtrusive ideas, I kind of win.”
Some positives: Because every day I write some positives (yes, I’ve been writing diaries like crazy), but I think I still find talking helps me the most.
1. This week I was able to talk about the “I’m going to die” mentality a few times without medical help. Being more aware of what’s going on in my head helps calm me down greatly. I also tell myself that I can review physical symptoms within 24 hours which is a good habit to practice because by By the time the 24-hour period is over, I’ll have made it.
2. I was able to attend an appointment on my own. Fabulous. 3. Ryan and I went out to eat some food with baby Leo. 4. We went for a long walk (the nest) in the park with the dogs. 5. My scar is finally starting to heal enough that I might consider taking a shower. Yikes! Is this allowed?
6. My illness has subsided and I finally regained some appetite so I can try to maintain my weight. 7. I stopped googling when I felt excited (willpower 101) 8. I stopped measuring temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and anything else I could track 9. I got 8 hours of sleep last night and even had some dreams (Those exceptionally strange dreams where PTSD can make you tired of strange things from the past)”
Getting there: Louise then wrote about the positives she experienced this week, including that she had a meal with her son and partner Ryan Libby.
In addition to the shot of Louise, the reality star shared a photo of Ryan about to eat delicious looking food at Bibendum Restaurant.
Louise spent five weeks in hospital with “serious complications” after labor and has previously spoken about how “Rock” Ryan was by her side the whole time.
Louise took to Instagram last week to thank him for everything he had done, including “calling ambulances, waiting outside operating rooms and sleeping on hospital hardwood floors.”
In the post, the TV personality told how it was the ‘hardest year of her life’ but it helped her recover when they got home.
Together: Louise spent five weeks in hospital after ‘serious complications’ after labor and has previously spoken about how ‘Rock’ Ryan was by her side the whole time
She explained how he “washed her, changed sanitary towels, injected her” and brought her young child to see her at the hospital so they could bond.
Louise signed on by saying that she “complimented” Ryan who “witnessed things no partner should ever have,” before calling him a “rocker.”
She previously shared the first photo of her beloved son on her page and admitted that it “wasn’t easy” to explain what had happened to her in recent weeks.
Shocking: The reality star had announced that she took a break from social media on November 14, before giving birth, but worried fans after staying silent.
The reality star had announced that she took a break from social media on November 14 before giving birth, but worried fans after remaining silent in the following weeks.
On December 23, in a lengthy post, Louise admitted that she never imagined so many bad things could happen to me, but Dancing With Death Twice brings a whole new view of the world—a stark reminder of how short a sacred life truly is.
While admitting that she was “in a place a bit strange mentally and physically,” the new mom said she was finally in a place where she could “see a future where I can live peacefully on this earth with my son.”
If you have been affected by anything in this story please contact the Trauma Birth Association at birthtraumaassociation.org.uk
Sad: On December 23, Louise admitted that she “never imagined so many bad things could happen to me, but Dancing with Death Twice brings a whole new view of the world.”
What is post-traumatic stress disorder?
A person with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability, and guilt.
They may also have trouble sleeping, such as insomnia, and have trouble concentrating.
These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on a person’s daily life.
Any condition that a person finds distressing can cause PTSD.
It can include:
PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a distressing event, or it can occur weeks, months, or even years later.
PTSD is estimated to affect about 1 in 3 people who have a traumatic experience, but it is not clear exactly why some people develop the condition and others do not.