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A Deeper Shade of Blue: A Woman's Guide to Recognizing and Treating Depression in Her Childbearing Years Hardcover – August 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743254732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743254731
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,691,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A Deeper Shade of Blue takes great steps to provide us with a clear road map to a more complete understanding of depression during the childbearing years...Failure to recognize and treat [this] depression...cannot be an option."
-- from the Foreword by Lee S. Cohen, M.D.

"This book is unique because it discusses depression within the context of women's health needs, but it will be useful for anyone seeking in-depth information about the disease. Highly recommended."
-- Library Journal

"Timely and critical. A lot has been written about postpartum depression -- but very little about depression pertaining to the entire process of childbearing and rearing. Dr. Nonacs has done a fantastic job of illuminating and elucidating this condition, in prose that is at once authoritative and empathic. I am thankful for her book in particular and her work in general."
-- Lauren Slater, author of Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dr. Ruta Nonacs, M.D., Ph.D., is the associate director of the Center for Women's Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A reader on July 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ruta Nonacs offers a wonderful guide to the sometimes rocky road to becoming a mother. Her book is a practical guide to navigating the emotional ups and downs of infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy, and postpartum.

No one tells you how hard it can be -- I'm a naturally cheerful person who was laid low by an entirely unexpected depression after my first child was born. No one who knew me predicted this. And I was very slow to get help. I wish this book had been available then.

Luckily, I live in Boston and found Dr. Nonacs, who worked with me to get through the blues -- she is an incredibily empathetic care giver. She's also a terrific writer. And she has little kids herself, so she can bring a wide perspective to her work --- as a doctor, a shrink, and a mom.

If you or a woman you care about is suffering with depression, moodiness, a difficult transition to motherhood, or postpartum stress, buy this book. You can read it straight through, or dip into the sections that best apply to your situation. There's also an extensive bibliography/resource section in the back.

I can heartily recommend this book for all new mothers. Her advice on taking care of yourself when you most need to applies to all mothers, not just those with an extra dose of the blues.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Psychiatrist in training on October 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a child psychiatrist (no longer in training although my review title still refers to me as such), and I work closely with the parents of my patients. I am always looking for books that provide thoughtful accessible guidance for parents. This book is a gem and I will be recommending it often.

While the discussion of mood disorders, diagnosis and treatment, pre-conception, during pregnancy, and postpartum is completely comprehensive, this book doesn't just focus on psychiatric diagnoses. It talks openly and wisely about the emotional adjustment required when one becomes a parent. It provides advice on how couples can argue in a fair manner, to preserve connection during stressful times. It explains how different types of psychotherapies may be useful. This book has a great deal to offer. It is very impressive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina J. Callahan on August 27, 2010
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This book is simply amazing.

I just had my second child, four months ago. Again, I am struggling with postpartum depression, although I didn't recognize it with my first until his pediatrician recognized it when my first was 15 months old! I am here to tell you that sometimes, it does not just go away.

If you are looking at this review, you probably have a sneaking suspicion that you have PPD. And because you want to get better, you will. If you are trying to get better, you are a good mom. You can take some steps to get better, and it might take a little time, but you will, and you will see how glorious life as a mom can truly be.

I am sitting here with this book open in front of me. I wish I had this before. This book is sizable and it might be overwhelming, esp if you are barely functioning beyond the basics right now. That's OK! Just read a little at a time. Small steps forward.

This is the most helpful book I have encountered (and I have checked out a LOT of books on this subject). This is the one I highly recommend. And if your OBGYN isn't helping you, or you can't be honest with them, go to someone else. At minimum, you need a professional checking up with you. You will get better that much faster.

If I hadn't been through this already, I wouldn't have the perspective that you WILL get better and it WILL be a beautiful life for you. Don't be afraid to take the actual steps to get better. Really, this book will help you.
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More About the Author

RUTA NONACS, M.D., Ph.D., is a practicing psychiatrist, an instructor at Harvard Medical School and the Associate Director of the Center for
Women's Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Nonacs received her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and her Ph.D. from Rockefeller University in New York. She is the recipient of several awards and honors for her research in the area of women's mental health. Dr. Nonacs lives with her family outside of Boston, Massachusetts.