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Pregnant on Prozac: The Essential Guide To Making The Best Decision For You And Your Baby Paperback – December 30, 2008
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―Marlene P. Freeman, MD, Director of the Women’s Mental Health Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
My Dr. recommended I get back on a small dose of prozac and I refused. Saying it can harm my baby and I can tough it out, and tried alternatives. I did all types of therapy. EMDR, talk therapy, art therapy, acupunture, hypnosis, I attended meditation seminars and went as far that I hired a buddist monk to teach me. Nothing could soothe this internal pain, which I also feared was effecting my baby. By the end of my second trimester I was miserable and didnt know what to do. I did all the research I could on the internet about the effects of SSRI and my baby and untreated depression and anxiety and the fetus. The internet is a wonderful tool but in these dark times when I was plagued with such profound fear and panic and needed help was not one of those times. All of the scary information out there put me into a complete tail spin and I felt lost.
I came across Dr Shosh and her clear sky website and emailed if I could speak to her and sure enough, I did. I ordered her book and read everything there is to know, in an clear cut, matter of fact way. All fact based and trusted. I went on a small dose of prozac and am continuing my pregnancy, with lighter spirits. If it was not for this book I would still be surfing the web about reading misinformation about this, driving myself nuts about whether or not. I am a huge fan of Dr. Shosh because she suffers as well and knows first hand what it was like to suffer from anxiety and depression during her pregnancy. I am grateful to women who share their stories as she does to help women in need like myself, thank you.
Even if you are already under the care of a psychiatrist to monitor your medication, this book is well worth the money. Dr. Bennett includes non-medication options that my psychiatrist has never mentioned, but that are safe and certainly worth a shot.
In all, I thought "Pregnant on Prozac" was incredibly informative, nonjudgemental, and compassionate.
The only points I really found in this book:
*If you need to be on meds, go on the meds. Being too anxious or depressed during pregnancy is far worse for your baby than almost any medication.
*If your doctor doesn't believe you need to be on meds, but you know you are too depressed or anxious - find another doctor.
*Just because you are pregnant does not mean that you will be "glowing" and happy all of the time. You may or you may not.
*Find a therapist whether or not you are on meds.
It was very wishy-washy. It basically said: This could happen or that could happen. Nothing new with that statement.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lot of great information and many topics I did not consider before reading this book.Published 19 months ago by Nesa Gilbert
I've lost all faith in doctors. No one has been educated on this subject and it's time for a change. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Monika
This is good background if you're considering antidepressants in pregnancy - it will help you feel better with your decision. I was a little disappointed though. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Very inspiring book. Helped me realize that mental health issues are not so uncommon for women. Hormones are powerful, sometimes we need a little balancing.Published on August 22, 2013 by Pink
Dr. Shoshana Bennett really knows this subject, after going through PPD herself and making it a point to not allow another woman to go through this alone. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by L. Bennett
This book is such blessing. I recommend it to all women who question what to do during pregnancy and find themselves feeling alone and confused with what to do! Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Lac Love
This book was exactly what my wife and I were looking for to help us decide on what to do when starting a family while on prozac. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Alex Kolody
I was hoping to find a book that would be good research about what issues taking antidepressants could cause while pregnant, and if there were save drugs to take. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by amw828
Thank you so much to Dr Bennett for writing this very important and informative book. It's a topic that's not discussed enough because it is still taboo, unfortunately, but mood... Read morePublished on May 11, 2011 by abc123