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The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, and Compulsions 1st Edition

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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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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: 0.5 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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As a perinatal social worker and mother, I look for the best resources for moms who are anxious. This is one of them. The authors offer tried and true CBT techniques - productive vs unproductive worry, working through catastrophizing, examining the evidence, but tailor it to pregnancy and the postpartum - finding time, distinguishing between pregnancy-induced symptoms and anxiety, worrying about baby's health, recruiting support from OB/midwife, etc. Many CBT books are dense with strategies. This is comprehensive but succinct.

I'm sorry to hear it didn't work for some of the reviewers. I hope they found better resources and will share with us.
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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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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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It is hard to judge a book that is meant to help people in such hard situations
What that book gave me is a tool to concentrate it. I think that the most important thing is that you are proactive to understand and solve the situation. So this book is a great tool.
A very important thing is that THERE ARE NOT MANY BOOKS out there that offer this content and homework at the same time.
I have done a lot of practical sessions too together with self work and I have to say that although it was a little too narrow subject for me , it has a lot of sense.
It is a start to work on Cognitive behavior therapy
But for me what it really work was to do the CBT with a therapist that gave me the tools to work. This book thu gave me the basis to understand what CBT was and if I wanted to try. I think that can be really good to start somewhere and to prepared yourself for the road of cure
I don't think I have the knowledge to criticize the weakness of the book but what I MISSED was the part that you work a little bit deeper on working on those negative thoughts. There are a lot of techniques and they are really helpful, but I couldn't really find them in this book.
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