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Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding And Treating Prenatal And Postpartum Depression Paperback – June 14, 2006

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"Succinct yet informative, a useful guide for the busy practitioner or overwhelmed mother." -- Valerie Raskin MD, psychiatrist, author of This Isn't What I Expected.

A compact, comprehensive manual on prenatal and postpartum depression. Readable and practical; a quick read with an easy format. -- Library Journal

I recommend this useful book. An excellent source of information on perinatal depression in a straightforward and concise format. -- Leslie Lowell-Stoutenberg, RNC,MS, Director Pregnancy & Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorder Program

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Recomended by Brooke Shields in Down Came the Rain. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Moodswings Press; Updated edition (June 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971712433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971712430
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2003
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"Contrary to popular mythology, pregnancy is not always a happy, glowing experience! Approximately 10 percent of women experience depression. Of these, about 15 percent are so severely depressed that they attempt suicide."

During a time when you would imagine most women would be happy and fulfilled in their new roles as a mother, many women experience the nightmare of postpartum depression. While many of us have heard of postpartum depression (PPD), I was unaware of prenatal depression. In fact, this book presents five postpartum mood disorders that can also occur during pregnancy.

Since depression can have fatal results, it is essential to get counseling. This book is not intended to be a replacement for individual counseling, medical assessment or group support. "Beyond the Blues" shows the reality of Prenatal and Postpartum depression. It is one of the most well-organized books I've seen on any type of depression. You can quickly assess the condition and find help, treatment options and support.

The authors wrote this book to help provide critical information to psychotherapists and clients. Shoshana S. Bennett, Ph. D., founded "Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987" and also holds her second masters degree in Psychology and a doctorate in Clinical Counseling. Pec Indman, Ed.D., MFT has a doctorate in counseling and a masters degree in health psychology.

Our Stories - Shoshana and Pec show how they became aware of perinatal mood disorders. You soon realize the lack of sensitivity out there in the "real world" and can't believe we humans are not more nurturing. For some women, becoming a new mom can be a shocking experience when they start feeling suicidal.
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As a survivor of PPD myself, as well as a support group leader and clinician, I found this book to be just what the doctor ordered. The verbage is in lay terms, making it easy to understand, whether you're a new mom, a support person or a clinician. It contains all of the must-know facts about postpatum illness. The most helpful section to me was the "Do Say" and "Don't Say." I wish I had that book back when I was suffering. I would have had my friends read it! "Snap out of it" was a common phrase and that just made me feel worse. I highly recommend this book, no matter what your role is in the life of the sufferer.
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This book is a must read for anyone who is expecting a baby or will be supporting someone who is. Postpartum depression is an incredibly under acknowledged and sometimes fatal condition of the first year after the birth of a child. We absolutely must start knowing the facts, taking this condition out of the shadows, and saving women and babies from having to go through this. Post partum depression is common, it is treatable, and it is NOT something that should shrouded in stigma.
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so many folks fall into depression during or shortly following pregnancy. changes in the body, hormone levels, neurotransmitters, SLEEP DEPRIVATION, changes in perceptions of who we are, what is expected of us, finances, support from family and friends, our bodily image, realization of the seriousness of the new responsibility ... it's natural to feel this depression, for many folks, for the first time in their lives. this book takes folks for where they're at, provides numerous treatments / techniques / exercises that many people have found helpful in pulling themselves out from post-partum depression. this was a fairly light read, welcomed, and motivating! good to very good content. many people have reported to me that this book has been helpful to them. i think that it is a very good book and is worth the price. some folks, especially those who've had episodes of depression or family histories of perinatal depression might consider reading the book as a way of reducing the likelihood of onset. it offers some helpful information for family and friends.
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I can honestly say that I have purchased about 15-20 books regarding PPD in the last year and this book has been the most informative, encouraging and beneficial to me, along with being easy to read. I highly recommend this book to anyone suffering from PPD, or a spouse/friend of someone suffering from this. When you are a sufferer, you find yourself agonizing over why you are feeling the way you do. Finally, someone has written a book that answers all the questions you are asking. This book will help you get through your day, this book will help you realize that this dark cloud will not stay forever, this book will help you get better.
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The authors provide a sensitive, comprehensive yet understandable overview of what prenatal and postpartum depression is, the common symptoms and the various treatment options. Succinct and an easy read, it validates the feelings of hopelessness and despair that affect "between 15 and 20 percent of women who give birth each year". The book reviews the six postpartum mood disorders-the largest percentage of which encompasses postpartum depression-along with personal anecdotes from patients and their treatment outcomes. This book provides a non-judgmental, supportive "I've had those EXACT feelings" comfort level for the new mom who is suffering and doesn't know why. There are short chapters specifically for spouses and family and friends with bullet points on what to say and what not to say. Also, it addresses clinicians and offers suggestions on specific questions to ask to determine if someone may be at risk for postpartum depression. Overall, a thoughtfully written book offering a tremendous amount of information and "cut to the chase" explanations on a widely misunderstood but very treatable illness.
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