Adele Posts Emotional Tribute To BFF Following Postpartum Psychosis Diagnosis

The singer opens up about the 'intimate and heartbreaking' story

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When she's not receiving more Grammy Awards than her arms can carry, selling out international arena tours, and dropping tear-inducing tunes like 'Hello', Adele is throwing herself behind some pretty worthy causes.

This week, the 30-year-old is raising awareness of postpartum psychosis after her best friend Laura Dockrill was diagnosed with the condition following the birth of the singer's godson in February.

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In the caption accompanying the picture of the friends, the singer encouraged all mothers to talk about their emotions 'because in some cases it could save yours or someone else's life'. She also touched on her friends 'intimate and heartbreaking' story.

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Adele's friend, who wrote of her diagnosis for a , describes her 'horrific' labour which doctors believe might have triggered the illness.

'I felt like I was dying,' she writes. 'My breath was short and tight, my heart was pounding out of my chest and my stomach churned.

'My ignorance and denial encouraged me to stridently continue even though I knew I was struggling.'

Following the birth of her son, Dockrill says she felt she'd fallen out of love with her life and began getting severe anxiety attacks. Things worsened for the new mum, however, when she accused her partner Hugo of kidnapping their child.

Dockrill was eventually hospitalised and spent two weeks away from her newborn. She struggled to recognise herself and says 'suicidal thoughts' became normalised.

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However, Adele's friend reveals she's now on her way to recovery and is 'happy, confident, and strong', and continuing to receive support from family and medical experts. 'I am myself,' she adds.

Adele and Laura have been praised on social media for opening up about postpartum psychosis.

'Laura has put into words everything that I could not. Reading her article has made me feel less alone,' wrote one follower of Adele.

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Another added: 'Thank you to both of you for sharing this. It’s a horrid thing to go through and it’s great that you have the support of a great friend and family. People need to know they are not alone.'

According to the , postpartum psychosis - otherwise known as puerperal psychosis or postnatal psychosis - is a serious mental health illness that can affect a woman soon after she has a baby and usual shows signs within the first two weeks after giving birth.

Symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, manic moods, loss of inhibitions, confusion, restlessness, and feeling suspicious or fearful.

The NHS advises seeing a GP immediately if you think you, or someone you know, may have developed postpartum psychosis symptoms.

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