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The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood: Coping with Stress, Depression, and Burnout Paperback – August 9, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

Despite the imagery from the serene, earthy Renaissance Madonna to Madonna Ciccone motherhood is not always the blissful idyll that our culture would have us believe. New mothers often feel overwhelmed and frustrated, working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for no pay and little respect. Depression is so common in mothers of infants that the American Psychological Association considers young motherhood a risk factor for depression. University of New Hampshire psychologist and postpartum depression expert Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett helps mothers explore negative feelings and cope with them in The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood: Coping with Stress, Depression and Burnout. Kendall-Tackett, who works with breastfeeding mothers, discusses anger, powerlessness, feeling trapped and the loss of intimacy with a partner. Many new mothers will welcome this empathetic, informed and constructive book. Foreword by Phyllis Klaus and Marshall H. Klaus, authors of Your Amazing Newborns.

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Recognizing that many mothers are severely strained and often clinically depressed from trying to be "perfect," health psychologist and researcher Kendall-Tackett (coauthor, Postpartum Depression) offers ways to deal with stress triggers without resorting to prescribed medications or drugs. Kendall-Tackett has worked directly with hundreds of women and offers sound advice and resources for coping with work and family challenges. Each chapter gives an overview of an issue, suggestions for self-help, and a resource list. In "Hearth and Home," the author presents an outstanding historical and cultural summary of women's work in America. Understanding these past influences can help mothers learn to react differently to their circumstances today. A refreshing look at the multiple forces that affect motherhood, this work reassures mothers that they are not alone. Very highly recommended for psychology and parenting collections in academic and public libraries. Elizabeth Goeters, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Dunwoody
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (August 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572242485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572242487
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 31, 2001
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The role of the mother in modern day time is honored throughout this book and it is written in a positive tone with the utmost respect for women and mothers. The author acknowledges both stay at home mothers and employed mothers without entering the "Mommy Wars" or even getting into a discussion of what she thinks is best (because she recognizes that what is best for each person is different and unique to that individual). The role of mother is have is not always an easy one. The difficulties, pressures, and stressors of the modern mother are outlined including some historical information about the role of the mother and technological changes regarding housework over the last couple of hundred years. The author contends that each of us is in control of our lives and how we choose to react to these stressors is up to us. By becoming aware of the various things that can make our lives miserable, we can pick and choose which things we want to do or not do or how we react to things, so that life is manageable for us and we can lead happy lives. The author explains that if stress builds up burnout and depression can occur.
This book is not negative in tone. It provides good information to orient the mother as to why there is good reason for feeling overwhelmed with all that she has to do. I have not read any book on this subject that has this focus, this unique attitude of holding motherhood as an important role and providing ideas for how mother can remain sane and happy in her role. This is not like some books that basically have the tone that as a stay at home mother we should feel privileged and not have anything to complain about. The author also does not blame the mother for lifestyle choices she makes and then saying it is her fault.
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While reading this book many thoughts went through my mind. But the one thought that would not leave me is that I wish this book had been around when I was raising my children. Now that I have finished reading it both my daughter and my daughter-in-law will be receiving a copy from me. I am a grandmother who has been there and done that (or at least most of it) and found this book to be helpful in explaining why I may have done some of the things that I did or felt when my children were still at home. Ms.Kendall-Tackett has covered every aspect of motherhood in her book. Reading this book was easy and very informative. I love that she has also included many resources and web sites for the reader . As a woman, wife, mother and grandmother, I highly recommend this wonderful book.
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As a new mother, this book helped me understand some of the issues I grapple with. The section on identifying burn-out was especially valuable. The book wasn't quite as prescriptive as I would have liked -- not as many suggestions on how to prevent or heal the issues raised. But I still found it a very worthwhile read.
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Dr. Kendall-Tackett's book provides an excellent articulation of the
various difficulties faced by mothers. The book succinctly explains
current academic knowledge and makes it relevant to the lived
experiences of mothers in today's families. Written in a truly caring
tone, the book does an outstanding job of placing the reader at ease
about challenges they may face as mothers and offers a wide array of
highly effective solutions. Written primarily for mothers, this book
also provides men with useful insights into the difficulties faced by
their mothers, wives, sisters and friends, and so can help them to both
sympathize and effect changes to help the mothers in their lives.
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