‘Bond here . . . James Bond’: Meet the mom who thought she was 007 thanks to a rare postpartum psychosis

By Richard van Rensburg
24 January 2017

For months, this new mom was convinced she was a top secret agent on an important mission.

She was convinced she was a top secret agent on an important mission.

In the months after her daughter’s birth she would answer telephone calls with the words, “. . . Bond, James Bond”. She also drove great distances in search of a safe haven where she could make her plans.

Fortunately Dorota Donigiewicz (27) from Hertfordshire, England, again feels like an ordinary mother with everyday worries instead a 007 who has to save the world. For the first time, she spoke openly about the rare condition that led to that traumatic period in her life.

Just months after the birth of Zofia (17 months) she developed postpartum psychosis, a severe form of postnatal depression. Symptoms can include severe confusion, paranoia and hallucinations.

“I drove around the Polish countryside on my mission, and started answering the phone with the words, ‘The name’s Bond, James Bond”, Dorota told the Scottish Sun and other British newspapers.

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“I even asked people to stash money away for me so that Zofia would be cared for if I failed in my mission to save the world. My family noticed that I was acting strangely but initially thought I was messing around.”

Dorota grew up in Ireland and met her fiancé Sean O'Sullivan (28), an engineer, in 2013. Just more than a year later they moved to England. For the first two months there with their child things went well and they were happy, even though Dorota had previously suffered occasional anxiety attacks.

But things went awry a few months later when she went to Poland to show Zofia to her family. Within a week of her arrival in Poland she began to believe she was 007.

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“There was a radio competition to find a James Bond fan to go to a premiere and I thought, ‘Well, I’m James Bond’.” From that moment on I thought my mission was to save the world,” Dorota said during recent newspaper interviews.

She would dial telephone numbers at random to find “contacts” who would help her carry out her mission, and even visited her late granny’s old house, which she wanted to use as a base.

Sean realised something was wrong when he phoned her from England. The concerned father approached British mental health service officials for help. They advised him to play along with Dorota’s 007 delusion, get her home as soon as possible and take her to a doctor who could refer her to a psychiatrist.

While Dorota was waiting for the necessary treatment in England her condition deteriorated and she organised an expensive taxi ride to central London on a mission, and eventually told the driver to drive in circles.

Sean, alone at home with their baby, arranged to have her admitted to hospital, where she was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis.

After she’d received treatment with anti-psychotic drugs and a week’s counselling she was discharged. But weeks passed before she began to feel like her old self.

Fortunately she recovered so well that she’s back at her job in financial field.

Dorota, a blogger for the website My Mental Health, attributed her recovery largely to Sean’s attentiveness. They would like to have another child. Sean is worried something might go wrong but Dorota isn’t too concerned about a possible repeat of her experience.

“Sean is so caring and kind; he’s been my rock throughout all of this. Now we laugh about my delusions; he even calls me ‘James’ as a joke.”

Sources: thesottishsun.com, mirror.co.uk, my-mentalhealth.org.uk, facebook

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