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The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, and Compulsions Paperback – June 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1572245891 ISBN-10: 1572245891 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245891
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook offers up-to-date information and effective, empirically validated cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies to help new mothers control worry, panic, and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum.

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I'd recommend this book to anyone struggling after childbirth.
Kandis
The book is full of easy to use checklists and worksheets and has information on both mild and more intense forms of anxiety.
chicagosheela
It has helped me understand what I go through better and helps me understand myself.
Karen E. Beckner

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By chicagosheela on July 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful resource! The authors of this book clearly saw a need and the filled it. As a Clinical Psychologist I can say that there are many books out there about postpartum depression and far fewer resources for postpartum anxiety. It is not easy to write a book that takes current psychological research findings and puts it into a format that the accessible to everyone, but the authors have done this seamlessly. The book is full of easy to use checklists and worksheets and has information on both mild and more intense forms of anxiety. It walks the reader through the basics of relaxation skills and how to identify and challenge anxiety-inducing thoughts. The more specialized chapters, like the ones on post-partum post-traumatic stress, panic, and obsessive compulsive disorder will be particularly useful for those searching for a focused self-help worksheets in these areas. The best thing about this book that it is easy to use, research-based, and brief! What a great resource for busy moms who are experiencing post-partum anxiety!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Isobel on December 22, 2012
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One of the worst examples of selling something by slapping the word "pregnancy" onto it that I've ever seen, apart from pregnancy panty liners. This is a not-very-good CBT for anxiety workbook that has pasted on examples and made-up "case studies" (some of which are awfully familiar from other CBT workbooks) about pregnant women and new mothers.

Most of the time, it doesn't even manage that. Hilariously worst example: the old "endorphin from exercise will make you feel better" advice is followed by suggesting, among other things, rollerblading and skipping with jump ropes. I think my obstetrician would have something to say about that. It's just plain sloppy.

Another example: for panic attacks, it follows the tired old "write down the worst thing you fear will happen" chestnut, but the worst example they can think of is every-CBT-book-uses "people will see me hyperventilating." That's not even trying. As a pregnant woman with an anxiety disorder, I can come up with a long list of worse fears related to panic attacks, starting with panic breathing difficulties causing oxygen deprivation to my baby.

It also suggests CBT for obsessive compulsion syndrome, when the evidence base is that while CBT gives short term relief it worsens the condition long term, and mindfulness is much more effective as an OCD therapy. (My own experience backs this up.)

If you've never read a CBT workbook, this is - well, not a particularly good one anyway, but it might be of some use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Mattson on May 6, 2011
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This is the essential refresher for any pregnant or new parent that has ever had cognitive behavioral therapy. I like to remain on top of my OCD, so that it doesn't get on top of me, and this book was a great help. Even though I was prepared for my anxiety to peak after giving birth, and even though I also countered it with meds, this book was a *wonderful* help to keep my thoughts and coping strategies in order. Absolutely *great* CBT ideas for anxious parents (or parents-to-be).
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By boy crazy on February 26, 2010
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I didn't need to spend $25 to read about very basic relaxation techniques like deep breathing, tensing and releasing muscles, and imagining myself on a warm sandy beach.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CW on February 7, 2013
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Such a helpful and detail book! Suggested for anyone who has anxiety and is pregnant, really helps work though nerves and all areas of pregnancy!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kandis on January 4, 2012
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This was literally a lifesaver for me. When a pinched nerve in labor left me with constant headaches immediately following delivery, postpartum anxiety set in big time. Try going to counseling when you're a stay at home mom with no options for childcare! This book helped me get through the worst of it. Yes, some of the exercises are ones you can find on the web or whatnot, but that was a small portion of the book. It was just reassuring to know that what I was experiencing was fairly common and there are others who have dealt with this. I was to the point where I was strongly considering trying meds for my anxiety but this book helped me through and I didn't end up going there. Instead of spending time in counseling I was able to spend some time in physical therapy to manage the pain and as the pain finally went away so did the anxiety. I'd recommend this book to anyone struggling after childbirth.
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