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A mum-to-be experienced prenatal psychosis so severe that she thought she was Jesus and was convinced the devil was in hospital with her.
Stacey Gee was just two weeks’ pregnant when she started experiencing psychosis and began hallucinating.
She became obsessed with the number seven, buying food in packs of seven and feeling compelled to repeat actions seven times.
Stacey also became convinced she was seeing dead relatives and believed she was Jesus.
The 31-year-old said: “It was honestly the scariest time of my life.”
It was while on holiday last summer with her partner Danny, 34, and other son Joey, eight, that she first noticed her behaviour change, before she even knew she was pregnant.
Stacey said: “My senses were so heightened. I was shaking and panicking.”
When she found out she was pregnant, she put her increasingly unusual behaviour down to hormones.
But a few months later her sister, Sarah Bacon, grew so worried she called the police.
Distressed Stacey was taken to hospital and then sectioned.
She was monitored by medics and told she was suffering from prenatal psychosis and bipolar.
But her psychosis worsened and she became convinced she was Jesus.
She broke seven pieces of bread on to a table and offered them to nurses.
Stacey remembered: “I started predicting things like when my family members were going to get married and die.
Then I was fixated on my grandad, nan and auntie who had passed away.
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“In hospital I was reading people’s palms. I walked into the kitchen and told everyone the devil was in there. I even saw a nurse’s face change from green to red like a traffic light.
“I thought the devil was coming to get me.” Doctors prescribed medication usually taken to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia, to ease her condition. After three weeks the medication kicked in and Stacey was able to manage her symptoms and return home.
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She said: “I was interacting on a normal level by this point so I returned home, with the support of mental health nurses still coming to see me.
“I had ups and downs, but generally I was much better.” On March 16, after a 48-hour labour, Stacey gave birth to healthy baby Issac and has had no problems since.
She now wants to raise awareness of prenatal psychosis. Stacey said: “I’ve probably been bipolar for my whole life, but because of my hormones it brought the psychosis on.
“I’d never heard of it and I was desperate to speak to somebody else who had been through something similar, but I couldn’t find anyone.”
Stacey, of Wigan, Lancs, added: “It could happen to anybody, so people need to be aware of it. I got to 30 without having an episode. Someone else could experience something similar.”
- Daily Star Sunday
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