Louis Th­er­oux: Mothers On The Edge

The Scotsman - - TELEVISION -

In the UK, around one in five new mums ex­pe­ri­ence a men­tal health prob­lem be­fore their baby’s first birth­day, many for the first time in their life.

In this mov­ing doc­u­men­tary, Louis Th­er­oux spends time in two spe­cial­ist psy­chi­atric units, which treat mothers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing se­ri­ous men­tal ill­ness whilst al­low­ing them to live along­side their ba­bies. Im­mers­ing him­self on the wards, he meets women who have been ad­mit­ted with a range of se­ri­ous con­di­tions – in­clud­ing de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and psy­chosis – of­ten trig­gered by birth or the strains of mother­hood. ■ To­mor­row, BBC2, 9pm

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