- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415877008
- ISBN-13: 978-0415877008
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood 1st Edition
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"This is a masterful blending of current research and extensive clinical experience regarding scary thoughts, a woefully neglected problem that can haunt new mothers. A soon-to-be classic in the libraries of both mothers and their health care providers, it contains invaluable information on an 8-step process to break the cycle of scary thoughts." - Cheryl Tatano Beck, University of Connecticut, USA"This is a critical book, tackling a frightening, but generally benign symptom of postpartum illness - intrusive, unwanted thoughts. Distressed mothers will find relief in this expert, compassionate guide that conveys the appropriate perspective and clinical response to this treatable symptom. Kleiman and Wenzel are to be commended for lighting the path to awareness on an aspect of postpartum illness so often distorted by the media and for helping engage and heal new moms experiencing the distress and shame of this common symptom." - Susan Stone, Past President, Postpartum Support International, USA; National Board, The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition; Author/Editor, Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders; Founder, www.perinatalpro.com
"This book removes the shame and stigma surrounding a scary topic that is rarely addressed because it is so highly misunderstood. Backed by their extensive clinical backgrounds and supported by current research, Kleiman and Wenzel offer specific strategies and reassurance for new mothers who have scary thoughts, while furthering the understanding of those professionals who treat them." - Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, Past President of Postpartum Support International, USA; co-author, The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality and What Really Matters
"This book is a gift to all new mothers and their loved ones. The Personal Treatment Plan is an extraordinarily helpful and practical guide for both new mothers and clinicians, and serves as a unique resource for women as they attempt to cope with the scary thoughts that accompany new motherhood." - Deborah Kim, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
"The title alone of Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts confidently announces that this experience, which has historically been described in hushed tones, is now ‘out of the closet’. With an affirming nod to postpartum women, their families, and their caregivers, Karen Kleiman and Amy Wenzel have pooled their collective expertise and deftly created a comprehensive and highly readable resource that simultaneously informs and reassures." - Margaret Howard, Brown Alpert Medical School; Director, Postpartum Depression Day Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
"Thank you to Drs. Kleiman and Wenzel for writing this book! Scary thoughts are nearly universal in new moms but, sadly, are underidentified, undertreated, and widely misunderstood. This excellent book arms mothers and their families with the knowledge they need to understand these thoughts and manage their anxiety." -Pamela S. Wiegartz, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Author, The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook
"Dropping the Baby is a very accessible self-help book for new mothers who may be experiencing anxiety. The authors help to normalise the presence of anxiety during the post-anatal period by listing common examples of worries and also by emphasising the prevalence of worrying thoughts amongst new mothers. ... Whilst largely focusing on anxiety in the post-partum period, the book also briefly discusses difficulties relating to post-natal depression, birth trauma and obsessive compulsive disorder." - Sian Fitzpatrick, Journal of Mental Health (Vol. 22, No. 3)
About the Author
Karen Kleiman, MSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and founder and director of The Postpartum Stress Center. She is the author of several books on postpartum depression, and an internationally recognized expert on the subject. In addition to her clinical practice, Karen teaches a specialized post-graduate course for clinicians, providing training programs for healthcare professionals and mentoring opportunities for therapists who wish to specialize in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Amy Wenzel, PhD, is author and editor of many books on topics such as cognitive therapy, cognitive research methods, and close relationships. Her areas of research and clinical expertise and in perinatal anxiety disorders, interpersonal functioning in anxiety disorders, suicide prevention, and cognitive therapy. She lectures nationally on issues relevant to mental health and psychotherapy. She currently divides her time between scholarly research, training and consultation, and clinical practice.
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This book helped me understand that I really was experiencing what many, many women go through. I can't explain how relieved I was to find I was not alone. It also helped me share what I had been trying to go through alone for over three months. I literally took the book to my husband and said that I needed to talk to him, but I wanted him to read a few key passages from the book first. He completely understood, and I was so much more relieved not to be alone with my thoughts anymore.
Of course the book wasn't responsible for a full recovery, but it made me realize that I had to speak with a doctor and a therapist. I did (and still do) need medication, but I was able to work through a lot of problems with my therapist in a few months. Mindfulness practices also helped a lot. But it was this book that was my lifeline when I felt that I was going through the coldest, harshest hell imaginable.
When I saw the Dropping Baby and Other Scary Thoughts, I ordered it. I read an Amazon review on this book that was super skeptical and said that if you have OCD talk to your doctor and read Freedom from OCD by Dr. Grayson. I was desperate for help, so I did both. The Dropping.. was so helpful in making me realize that I had an actual condition and that I wasn't alone (which was the first light at the end of a hellish tunnel) but Dr. Grayson's book actually taught me the techniques to help me heal and conquer the OCD (which I didn't totally realize had started years prior and post-partum just multiplied it.) It was really hard just to even order, let alone read these books, but I read both these books (I read Dr. Grayson's twice - it's massive so that was a challenge for me!). I also found a GOOD therapist (one who does CBT - my prior one didn't help me with the CBT/exposure stuff - and I wish I found a good one years earlier), and wha- bam! - I feel happier then I have ever felt.
I had literally no hope before, and now, life is great and I can focus on what matters - thank you Karen Kleiman! Even though it's extremely difficult to deal with this hellish and frightful anxiety (especially with babies/ little sleep or time) I encourage anyone reading this to find the strength to read this book and the other one, find a good therapist, and conquer their fears. It feels so beyond hopeless in the moment, but now that I am out of the trenches I am so grateful for books like these that cover way more than a therapist can in a short session. (But, again - I recommend that too). I really felt so hopeless and freaked out and like something was really, really wrong with me. I never thought I would be where I am at today, but I am! I am so happy to be where I am at: enjoying life and my family again - but even better, because I conquered all the OCD habits I had prior.
(By the way, I had no idea what OCD REALLY was at one point - it's NOT neccesarily keeping a spotless house and organized - it's having obsessive thoughts and fears (like dropping the baby), and responding with rituals or - whether that be more thoughts or some sort of compulsion (e.g., not holding the baby or analyzing or in only some cases, keeping an extremely spotless house) Also, it's not always super obvious - just like sometimes there is no fine line between excessive social drinkers and alcoholics, new mothers tend to think worrying excessively and frightfully is normal and they convince themselves they don't need help when they should... - ahg- just read the book it describes it much better! :) )
I still value continually working on myself - but I feel totally ready to have another child (let alone just live a life I can be present in and enjoy!!) because I have a whole tool box to help me through - thanks to both these books and a good therapist. Thank you SO MUCH for writing this book and thank you skeptical reviewer for recommending the other one!