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Inconsolable: How I Threw My Mental Health Out With the Diapers Paperback – September 21, 2005
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"...the first and ONLY book [about] postpartum depression in a mother who has a child with medical issues." -- Anne-Marie Nichols, A Mama's Rant, January 31, 2006
"...these chapters are beguiling -- they're like e-mails from your funniest, most caustic friend." -- Austin-American Statesman, October 2, 2005
Marrit is a master at turning tears to belly laughs. -- The Austinist, December 22, 2005
Top Customer Reviews
An affirming and reassuring read for those of us whose parenting experience has not been the rosy, Sears-painted picture we were led to expect.
This book is WAY more complex than any review can possibly hope to convey. It's personal, and political; funny, and sad. While reading, you realize that a lot of the problems Ingman faces are not just parents' issues, but women's issues. Are the mothers crazy or is the world crazy? Read and decide for yourself.
I can honestly say that this book was pivotal in my (LONG) recovery. It is what ultimately encouraged me to push through, connect with others and reclaim motherhood. Marrit's accounts of early motherhood are real, moving, poignant, and honest. I highly recommend this book to any new mother - if you aren't suffering from PPD yourself, you might be able to understand and reach out to someone who is.
This is a brave book written by an astonishingly talented writer Whether or not you're considering having a child, this book will change the way you think about motherhood, pregnancy, and mental health long after you've put the book down. I will never play Nine Inch Nails without thinking of Marritt ever again, and man, I play a lot of NIN.
Thank you for this book, Marritt.
I wish I had had this book when my toddler was an infant and I was struggling with new parenthood. Whether or not you have PPD Inconsolable describes so well how insanely hard it is to have a baby. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about parenting. The author does not sugarcoat her experience but it is well worth reading.
Plot-wise, it's Marrit Ingman's experience with a difficult baby (now a gem of a preschooler), post-partum depression, and a marriage that gets understandably shaky. Theme-wise, it's about her journey out of the darkness and a few words of wisdom for PPD mothers who need to get there. Seven pages in the back of the book list organizations, internet sites and books for further reference.
I've given the book five stars, but Marrit Ingman so exactly lived the urban activist version of my life (or maybe I lived the suburban intellectual version of hers) that I just don't have much perspective. Would someone who had a "normal" mothering experience find Ingman's perspective amusing? I think so. The line between normal and nutty can be pretty thin and wavering -- especially for anyone getting only five hours of sleep a night.
The work's biggest flaw is the inconsistent tone, which most usually expresses her energetic anger and despair (the rage aria on mall photography studios is priceless) but also, toward the end of the book, her energetic love for her son and enthusiasm for her life, friends, and work. The occasional more journalistic essays on PPD seem out of place, even though they may have served as the book's raison d'etre. Perhaps she should have incorporated her personal experiences with the books and organizations in the resources section into the narrative instead.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the book that should be required reading for those thinking of having a baby. This exposes all of the stuff that "they" don't tell you when you bring the baby home... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nancy A
My partner suffered from mental health issues in the past and when pregnant with each of our 3 kids was TERRIFIED that she would experience a postpartum depression, or worse... Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Anthony Krystofolski
This book was one of the few lifesavers when i got PPD when my son was born. Amazing how closely my life reflected hers in so many ways. Read morePublished on November 13, 2010 by Sandra E
I think pretty much everything that the author has to say can be (and is!) said in the first 30 pages or so. Read morePublished on February 19, 2008 by Anastasia Plus Three
This book made me feel like I wasn't the only Mom out there who feels crazy at times. Excellent book, well worth your time.Published on August 3, 2006 by Megan Deston
I loved it! Honestly, this book sits out on my desk because I find comfort in reading the stories that mimic my life and kids. Read morePublished on August 3, 2006 by Regina Davan