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Rouds has written about a personal, daunting subject in an honest and approachable way. Her spirit, courage and wit make this tough story a compelling read. Hearing about the lack of support she, and too many new mothers, experience motivated me to become more aware of these situations for my friends and other women. I really applaud her drive to share her story and her efforts to help other women avoid the traumas that she did. Definitely worth the read, especially for those working in maternal health.
I appreciated the candor of the author's story. This is an extremely detailed account of her postpartum experience. Perhaps some of the conversations (a bit repetitive) could have been edited out. But readers who are going through similar difficulties re: anxiety/OCD/insomnia after having a baby will appreciate knowing that they are not alone. More people need to speak up about this because it's a condition that is so common among new mothers.
I'm so glad I read this book. I had PPD and so many of the author's experiences resonated with me. And yet, our stories are so different. Rouds helped me understand my experiences and helped me heal a little more.
Extremely well written and informative. Can picture the author as she is living her story. It was amazing how this book helped me understand my own struggles post-partum. I identified with the author as she told her story. Highly recommend this book!
This book is truly amazing! I highly recommend this book. It provides an in depth look at maternal mental health which is an area that needs more awareness. I wish I had read this sooner because I really struggled after the birth of my son, but I did not reach out for help because I did not understand what was happening to me and I was ashamed and embarrassed. This book helped me in so many ways. It is a must read even if you are not a parent!
Dancing on the Edge of Sanity is a very honest and realistic tale by a brave woman who shared her story of postpartum depression and anxiety. This is a good read for clinicians and for other moms who may have suffered through a similar experience. Of interest is the role that lack of sleep plays in pushing Ana to go to the emergency room and eventually to a psychiatric hospital. As more women come forward with these stories, hopefully the medical establishment will respond with more empathetic care.