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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 1st edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762749407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762749409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Dr. Shoshana Bennett is a gifted author, with a talent for delivering crucial information about depression and its treatment in a way that is easy to understand. Her book provides a navigation tool for women with depression to enter motherhood well educated and empowered about what they can do to help themselves and to get the help they need from others.”
—Marlene P. Freeman, MD, Director of the Women’s Mental Health Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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“Dr. Shoshana Bennett is a gifted author, with a talent for delivering crucial information about depression and its treatment in a way that is easy to understand. Her book provides a navigation tool for women with depression to enter motherhood well educated and empowered about what they can do to help themselves and to get the help they need from others.”
—Marlene P. Freeman, MD, Director of the Women’s Mental Health Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

Customer Reviews

A lot of great information and many topics I did not consider before reading this book.
Lynnesa Lopez
It includes detailed information about what is known about psychiatric medications during pregnancy, as well as possible alternative treatments.
UT Grad
I ordered her book and read everything there is to know, in an clear cut, matter of fact way.
anonymous

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on February 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have been depressed on and off for years. I have been on prozac on and off as well. When deciding to become pregnant I decided with the help of my Dr. to go off. Within the first trimester I began feeling feelings of doubt, hopelessness, guilt, panic, and any negative emotion you could possibly not want. I was a complete mess.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By UT Grad on February 23, 2009
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Dr. Shoshana Bennett's latest book, Pregnant on Prozac, is a godsend to any woman taking psychiatric medications and thinking about pregnancy, pregnant and currently taking medications or pregnant and considering medication. The book is brimming with the latest research on depression and other mood disorders during pregnancy and their effect on the mother and developing fetus. It includes detailed information about what is known about psychiatric medications during pregnancy, as well as possible alternative treatments. The resource section in the back is also incredible! Although it mainly speaks to depression during pregnancy, bipolar disorder is also covered thoroughly. This book is amazing!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dunning on March 24, 2009
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It is such a struggle to find good advice about taking antidepressant medications in pregnancy. This book really helped me make a thoughtful and confident decision. I suffered with debilitating postpartum anxiety after having my first baby, and it unexpectedly returned during my second pregnancy. I delayed treatment for weeks as I tried to find an alternative to taking medication, but nothing helped and I continued to suffer. I am so glad I read this book and found the answers I needed to make a good decision.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kids' Educator on May 25, 2009
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I just finished this book and feel like it's exactly what I've been looking for! I found all kinds of scary things online about SSRIs and pregnancy and quite honestly, had totally overwhelmed myself. Then I randomly came across Dr. Bennett's book in my search and bought it instantly. I had already made the incredibly difficult decision to continue taking anti-anxiety/anti-depressants while trying to get pregnant(and when eventually pregnant)but this book is what actually made me feel comfortable with my decision... it reassured me that by taking care of myself I will actually be taking care of my baby as well. I only wish some of my friends who suffered through pregnancy without their meds would have had this book too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on March 20, 2012
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I have been on and off of meds for over 10 years and am now planning on having a baby. I got this book hoping it would help me to decide if I should be on them or not and was hoping for some alternatives. It gave a few alternatives, but it's the same information you could get from any "stress relaxation" article on the internet. After finishing the book I still have no idea what to do about medication during pregnancy.

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.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Reader on January 14, 2009
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As someone who has been on an SSRI for 10 years and has been struggling with the issue of whether to get pregnant while on my antidepressent, this book was a godsend. I haven't found another book out there that so thoroughly addresses all the issues women in this position face. Best of all, Dr. Bennett anticipates the questions and fears many women have, and includes stories from her own patients that have struggled with this issue.

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.
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