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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470073357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470073353
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Covers psychological, medical, and alternative treatments

Identify PPD symptoms, get help, and get your life back

Worried that you — or someone you love — are suffering from postpartum depression? This understanding, authoritative guide explains this sensitive disorder and how it differs from the "baby blues." You'll see how to find the right doctors, evaluate the various treatments — from medication to therapy to self-help groups — and create a comprehensive plan for recovery.

Discover how to

  • Get an accurate diagnosis
  • Find the proper treatments
  • Break the cycle of negative thoughts
  • Speed up the recovery process
  • Get support from family and friends
  • Plan for another baby after PPD

About the Author

Shoshana S. Bennett, PhD, is a noted guest lecturer who has been featured on national television shows including ABC's 20/20. She is also host of the online talk show "Health Matters" at WorldTalkRadio.com.

More About the Author

Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D. ("Dr. Shosh") from the popular DrShosh.com Radio Show is the author of "Pregnant on Prozac", "Postpartum Depression For Dummies", and co-author of "Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety". She is also the creator of the new mobile app PPD Gone. Her newest book, "Children of the Depressed", will be released in June of this year. National TV shows including "20/20," "Discovery Channel," "The Doctors" and "The Ricki Lake Show" feature Dr. Shosh as the pregnancy and postpartum mood expert and news stations such as CNN consult her. Several publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News have written articles on Dr. Shosh's work. She's interviewed regularly on national radio and has been quoted in dozens of newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, Boston Globe, Fit Pregnancy, Glamour, Parenting, Psychology Today, New York Post, Self, Cosmopolitan, and the Chicago Tribune.

Dr. Shosh is a pioneer in the field. She is a survivor of two life-threatening postpartum depressions. She founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987, and is a former president of Postpartum Support International. Dr. Shosh helped develop the official Postpartum Support International training curriculum for professionals which is now considered the gold standard in the field. She has helped over 19,000 women worldwide through individual consultations, support groups and wellness seminars. As a noted guest lecturer and keynote speaker, she travels throughout the US and abroad, training medical and mental health professionals to assess and treat postpartum depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. She earned three teaching credentials, two masters degrees, a Ph.D. and is licensed as a clinical psychologist.

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This book is a must have if you are suffering from postpartum depression.
Gaby
This book is by far the most thorough, comprehensive, easy to understand and follow, helpful book available on the subject of PPD.
Tarah Jo Mathews
And this book helped my family understand how I was feeling and how to support me.
L. van Erp

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. van Erp on January 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I suffered PPD after the birth of my second son. As a stay-at-home mom caring for two small children, I felt overwhelmed and lost. I was suffering, as were those around me. After reading Dr. Shoshanna's book, I was able to make positive changes to bring balance to my life and overcome my PPD. I stopped beating myself up for not being able to "do-it-all." I started caring for myself by putting good nutrition in my body, taking breaks to have "me" time, and asking for help with housework and childcare. By doing these things, I saw changes immediately and I feel better than I have in a long time. And this book helped my family understand how I was feeling and how to support me. I wish I would have read Dr. Shoshanna's book before I had my first child. Now that I am pregnant with my third child, I plan to continue with the changes I've made and have a much happier experience with my newborn and my family. Thank you Dr. Shoshanna for writing this book and for helping so many women. All mothers (whether first time or not) should read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Strathman Hulka aka Readerwoman on January 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book goes way beyond the typical book about post-partum depression. It covers so many ways to understand and treat PPD - holistic, traditional medicine, alternate therapies, resources online, and much much more. Presented in a no-nonsense way, with compassion and sensitivity, this book, written by a woman who has "been there done that" will provide wanna-be mothers, soon-to-be mothers, already mothers, grandmothers, caregivers, doulas etc. with viable ways to understand and deal with PPD. Preventative ideas as well! I highly recommend this book, and encourage you to read it or give it as a gift!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy J. Roberts on January 27, 2007
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This incredibly written book has every angle of the illness covered at 110%. The author has done a wonderful job of incorporating knowledge, resources, humor, and wisdom in this all emcompassing informational guide. The reader can devour everything they ever wanted to know about PPD and more! Whether the reader is Dad, a partner, family, friends, or Mom herself, there is information galore to be shared with all.

A "must have" for anyone interested in the unexpected reality of PPD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emerson on January 15, 2009
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I was able to heal and become the most amazing mom because of Dr. Bennett. I was suffering from the worst symptoms of PDD and it felt like the storm was never going to lift. My OB referred me to Dr. Bennett for counseling. I read this book before starting the sessions with her and knew I was on the right path. I found myself in her book, all my symptoms were explained and it helped me understand the feelings I was experiencing. The book provided such an understanding of my symptoms I was more aware of what I needed to focus on for each counseling session. Dr. Bennett is an uplifting counselor with such clarity I was able to leave each session with a renewed sense of self. Medication was my last resort and I am thankful I never reached that point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tarah Jo Mathews on September 26, 2008
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This book is by far the most thorough, comprehensive, easy to understand and follow, helpful book available on the subject of PPD. From recognition of symptoms, understanding the different forms of PPD, seeking/receiving a diagnosis, treatment options (including conventional and complimentary) and much more, it lays out an easy to follow road map to recovery.

Since PPD has many different contributing factors and they vary from woman to woman, this book offers great advice on how to approach it from all sides, including how to improve nutrition, the importance of taking breaks, ways to change negative thought patterns, how to utilize the help of support people, and the importance of sleep. Dr. Shoshana Bennett is an expert in the field of PPD and has dedicated her life to helping other women. I started seeing an immediate improvement in my symptoms after putting some of her strategies to work, and I was suffering from very severe PPD/PPA.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who thinks they (or someone they love) may be suffering from PPD, and also any healthcare professional that may encounter patients who are dealing with PPD. This illness is so frequently unrecognized, undiagnosed, and misunderstood, and Dr. Bennett sheds a guiding light on what is such a dark, confusing time for so many mothers. I've read so many books on the subject of postpartum depression since my journey with this horrible disorder began, and I only wish I'd found this one sooner. If you only buy one book about PPD, make it this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DianeD on February 21, 2011
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This book is absolutely amazing!!
Almost 2 1/2 years ago, I gave birth to two beautiful twin daughters. Unfortunately, along with their arrival came the arrival of something much less desirable...postpartum depression. It was awful. I was terrified, and I felt horribly, horribly alone. I couldn't reach out to anybody, for fear of what a diagnosis would mean, but deep in my heart, I knew that something was terribly, terribly wrong. Still, I suffered in silence, and somehow made it through the most horrible ordeal of my life.
Recently, my husband and I decided that we were ready to try to have another baby. I knew with 100% certainty that I wanted another child, but the idea of going through another bout of PPD TERRIFIED me.
Then I found this book.
I ordered it online, and since it came in the mail, I've barely been able to put it down. It has given me such hope, confidence and PEACE to know that I'm not alone, that there is support out there, and that I may even be able to prevent it from happening altogether this time. I know I'm willing to try anything!
I am so thankful to Dr. Shosh for writing this book. I cannot say enough good things about it!! THANK YOU!!
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