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This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression Paperback – August 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (August 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553370758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553370751
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A thorough description of postpartum emotional problems and their treatment can be found in a comprehensive new book....(It) includes a very valuable chapter on how husbands can help their wives when postpartum depression overcomes them."--Jane Brody

"At long last, mothers and families suffering postpartum depression have a book of hope."--Nancy Berchtold, founder and director, Depression After Delivery

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"A thorough description of postpartum emotional problems and their treatment can be found in a comprehensive new book....(It) includes a very valuable chapter on how husbands can help their wives when postpartum depression overcomes them."--Jane Brody

"At long last, mothers and families suffering postpartum depression have a book of hope."--Nancy Berchtold, founder and director, Depression After Delivery


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It's good to know what to look for as far as symptoms go, that way you can get help sooner.
Shannon Wild
Even if you aren't interested in the clinical side of PPD, this book is a must have for every pregnant woman/new mom.
L. Kellerman
My mother picked up this book for me suspecting that I was experiencing symptons of post pardom depression.
Lori Smith

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
What a storm it has been! My baby is 13 months old and I have PPD. She is my second child. This has been the most awful experience of my life, as my PPD was pretty severe. This book helped me to understand all of the symptoms and stages of PPD. The book is very detailed, yet easily understood. One night I was searching for books on the subject and found this jewel. I read it daily as it reassures me throughout my recovery.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
I suffered from PPD/OCD 2 years ago...This is the wonderful book that helped me through a very difficult time in my life. This book is so informative from recognizing your symptoms to coping strategies to finding the right help. The list of medications and possible side effects were more helpful then any information I recieved from my own physician. The individual stories give you comfort in letting you know that you are not alone in this illness. The book makes you realize that this is a very treatable condition and the way you are feeling is temporary...It helped me jump in the shower, get dressed and put makeup on even if I was staying in all day...it make me feel better about myself....I was able to explain to my husband what I was going thru from the understanding I recieved from reading this book... I would recommend it to anyone out there...Thank you for writing this wonderful book and for understanding this condition..
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Wild on March 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
I love this book! It gave me so much insight on PPD and all the different ways I could help myself and get the professional help I needed. It also helped regain my relationship with my husband! I would reccommend this book to every woman who is pregnant. It's good to know what to look for as far as symptoms go, that way you can get help sooner. I was in denial for several months thinking I would "snap out of it". This IS an illness, and can be treated!! I still have bad days, but they are fewer and farther between. On the bad days I just pick up this book and go to one of the earmarked pages on self help therapy and within a few minutes (instead of hours of crying) I'm feeling better. If you even THINK you might have PPD this is the book to read! It's also great to give to someone who is in denial...they might not appreciate it at the time, but will love you for it later! Good luck to all those women out there going through PPD right now!!!!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By shell465@aol.com on January 11, 1999
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I had an awful time with PPD and would have NEVER fully recovered if it weren't for Karen's book!...It was a life saver. I must say, the section for the spouses is TERRFIC!! My husband was able to help me in so many ways. THANK YOU KAREN!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brandi Galle on January 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
In early 2000 after being diagnosed with PPD, this book was recommended to me by some gals on an AOL board who also suffered from PPD. I bought the book from Amazon right away, when I recieved it in the mail I started reading and I could not put it down. Now (2 years later), I still keep the book handy for referrance...I recommend this book to anyone suffering with PPD and even the baby blues.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book does a good job of discussing the range of postpartum mood disorders. I found their suggestions helpful in handling my PPD after the birth of my first child. However, the authors do not really address severe cases of PPD.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2001
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This book literally saved me. Everyone kept telling me that it was just hormones (and they do play a big part in ppd) and that it would pass in time. But, after finally coming to the realization that is wasn't just the blues this book helped me begin to work through my depression. I can't say enough about how good this book is at describing ways to work through the problems you experience during ppd. Get this book - it will help and turn to someone you trust to help you get through this difficult period of mommyhood. It does pass - I can promise you that. It has a wonderful chapter for the husbands also. Short, but very helpful.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lori Smith on May 1, 2006
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After the birth of our second baby, I was over the moon....I felt wonderful. I was thrilled to have a second daughter - another little princess. As it turned out, our little princess was colic and I suffered with sleep deprivation for one full year. At about 6 months after the baby was born I started to experience physical things I had never felt before in my life. It started with severe anxiety attacks and then after a couple of months the depression set in. Without question, the worst time in my life. My mother picked up this book for me suspecting that I was experiencing symptons of post pardom depression. She was right - I was. This book became my therapy - I used myself first and foremost and my family & friends as the book encouraged me to do. This book helped me understand every sympton I was experiencing and how to deal with them. I could not have managed without this book. The knowledge gave me power to cope and I am forever grateful for it. My recovery is in full swing - thanks to this book. "This isn't what I expected" is invaluable to any mother who is dealing with symptons of post pardom depression. I thank the author for writing such a powerful book in helping women overcome PPD.
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