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Understanding Postpartum Psychosis: A Temporary Madness 1st Edition

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"Teresa Twomey has overcome the stigma and pain of postpartum psychosis to shine a spotlight on what professionals and the public need to know to help childbearing families. Thank you, Teresa!" (Jane Honikman MS
Founder, Postpartum Support International)

About the Author

Teresa M. Twomey, JD is Co-Coordinator for Postpartum Support International in Connecticut. She served earlier as Coordinator for Postpartum Support International in Virginia, and as a Public Reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health. Twomey, who has been a faculty member at Longwood University in Virginia, and a Paralegal Instructor of Master Technical Institute in New Jersey, practiced law and professional mediation before experiencing postpartum psychosis herself. After her recovery, she put her law career on hold to become an advocate for women with postpartum mood disorders.

Shoshana S. Bennett, licensed psychologist, founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987 after her second undiagnosed postpartum illness. Bennett is the Immediate Past President of Postpartum Support International and the past president of California's state organization Postpartum Health Alliance.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (March 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313353468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313353468
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Preudhomme on May 26, 2009
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Having experienced a postpartum psychosis and having lived with bipolar disorder, I'm well aware of the stigma attached to mental illness. Reading the powerful stories of women who experienced similar frightening experiences helped me realize that I was not alone. Teresa Twomey's book has changed my attitude towards living with bipolar disorder. Once I struggled to overcome my fear of bringing my condition into the open. Now I share the reality of my illness with others, allowing myself to become whole and helping others to heal. This book is a must read for any woman who has experienced a psychosis.
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Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ms. Twomey for writing this book. I am so grateful for this resource as a mother recovering from a horrific postpartum psychotic episode. This book has been a great starting point for me to find answers and to brainstorm about how to develop a safety plan for myself and my family. I will recommend it to all of my health care providers, friends and family who are interested in learning more about PPP. I appreciate how the text covers many different aspects of PPP such as signs and symptoms, treatment and prevention, historical background, and views of PPP from a legal and media perspective. The stories of other women were heartbreaking, yet extremely encouraging. This book demonstrates that there is hope after PPP and that this is a treatable and perhaps even preventable illness. This text has served as both an informative and therapeutic guide in my personal journey to putting the pieces back together. I would also imagine that those in branches of the healthcare profession who have any interactions with women of childbearing age would greatly benefit from reading this book. My own doctors have been very impressed with it and have found it to be a great source of reference.
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"Understanding Postpartum Psychosis: A Temporary Madness" is probably not a book I would have casually picked up to read. In fact, not being a mother, postpartum illness has not been on my radar screen at all unless there's been a major news story like Andrea Yates or Susan Smith. However, that all changed when I started reading this book in order to prep for a radio interview with Teresa Twomey. I was amazed with the information shared - all of the research Teresa did spurred on by her own personal experience with Postpartum Psychosis. After finishing the book, I kept thinking about the countless women and their families and loved ones who haven't been educated on how to recognize symptoms, who might be at risk, and what help is available. And, not only have women not been educated...the medical and legal professions have not been educated either. After the interview, Teresa emailed me and told me she wrote this book to save lives. I believe it will. Thanks, Teresa for bringing this issue to the forefront.
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This is an excellent and up-to-date overview of postpartum psychosis. It's a must read, both for professionals in the field, and for women who experience postpartum psychosis and their families . This authoritative book covers the medical, psychological and legal issues surrounding postpartum psychosis. It also shares stories of recovery, and sadly stories of tragedy. The personal stories are shared with grace and insight. The book is written by an attorney who has actually lived through the experience and is attempting to forge change in treatment options. It's a huge step in overcoming the stigma of perinatal illness. Every OB/GYN practitioner in the country should read this book.
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After going through PPP three years ago with the birth of my second child, I was terrified. I was in so much fear of what happened to me. I heard of PPD, but wasn't that familiar with the symptoms... Then to be diagnosed with PPP, I was really confused. I have been on medication for the past three years and still see my psychiatrist, but I am doing so, so well. But it took me a long time to actually want to read about others stories. But now I have been getting any book possible on postpartum mood disorders in order to see what others go through. It's such a relief to know that I am not alone and that it does end. Ms. Twomey has really done a wonderful thing by making this book. It allows others to see the truths of these disorders, especially the worst one of all (PPP). I thoroughly enjoyed the book and think it's a must read for so many different people.
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Understanding Postpartum Psychosis: A Temporary Madness is a must-read for all of us because the illness can occur without warning in any family, its effects can be devastating, and, more importantly, it is preventable when we know what to look for. The author (my daughter) has provided a very readable account that includes a comprehensive historical account of postpartum psychosis, the medical and legal concerns attached to its complications, as well as heartbreaking first-person stories of women who have suffered with this debilitating condition, including some for whom infanticide was the tragic result. I recommend it highly.
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