Conquering Postpartum Depression

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Each year over 400,000 new mothers experience a range of negative emotional reactions-categorized as postpartum depression (PPD). Yet most obstetricians misunderstand and mistreat PPD, prescribing a single-therapy, simplistic approach that frequently falls short of curing the patient.Based on the authors' research and unique, highly successful treatment, Conquering Postpartum Depression outlines a groundbreaking multidisciplinary action plan for beating PPD, including a combination of talk therapy, new-parent ...
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Conquering Postpartum Depression: A Proven Plan For Recovery

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Overview

Each year over 400,000 new mothers experience a range of negative emotional reactions-categorized as postpartum depression (PPD). Yet most obstetricians misunderstand and mistreat PPD, prescribing a single-therapy, simplistic approach that frequently falls short of curing the patient.Based on the authors' research and unique, highly successful treatment, Conquering Postpartum Depression outlines a groundbreaking multidisciplinary action plan for beating PPD, including a combination of talk therapy, new-parent counseling, and in many cases the safe use of antidepressant medications even while pregnant or breastfeeding. With the newest information on how genetic factors and pre-existing conditions can contribute to PPD, Conquering Postpartum Depression is the book that new mothers and even doctors reach to for authoritative and reassuring counsel.
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Editorial Reviews

Madison Capitol Times
Mothers, you have an advocate in Dr. Ronald Rosenberg.
August 4, 2003
Publishers Weekly
Written by a team of experts from diverse medical and mental health backgrounds, this warm volume explains the risks, diagnostic assessment tools and treatment methods for postpartum depression. The condition is fairly common-the "baby blues affects four out of five mothers, and other postpartum mood or anxiety disorders affect an additional 10-17 percent of mothers." And because postpartum depression often isn't widely discussed, the stories of real women who have suffered and recovered from it could be comforting to women currently experiencing it. Bulleted lists of everything from signs and symptoms to risk factors make this volume easy to read and digest. Quotes from women about how they didn't think it was acceptable to feel this way-"I remember thinking, this isn't right... I didn't want it and I can't even imagine that I might have it"-should also help reassure readers that they aren't alone. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Each year, between 400,000 and 700,000 new mothers experience postpartum depression (PPD). PPD is not the "baby blues" but a more serious condition that is, in fact, the most common perinatal mood disorder and one that is too often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Obviously, there is a pressing need for material on this topic, which these two books meet admirably. In Beyond the Blues, clinical psychologist Bennett and family therapist Indman offer a compact yet surprisingly comprehensive manual on prenatal and postpartum depression. Taking a readable and practical approach, they begin with Bennett's account of her personal bout with PPD and then systematically address screening and assessment, finding a therapist, myths about nursing and bonding, and treatment. Especially interesting and helpful are suggestions for family and friends in dealing with a mother suffering from PPD (if you go to a movie, make sure it's a comedy) and tips on "what to say, what not to say." For health professionals, there are ideas about what to emphasize to patients ("I have never met a woman who, after proper treatment, did not recover"), as well as detailed diagnostic and treatment information. The antidepressant Q&A section is excellent. Conquering Postpartum Depression is written by three authors with complementary backgrounds; Rosenberg is both an obstetrician/gynecologist and a psychiatrist, Deborah Greening is a clinical psychologist, and James Windell practices family therapy. Their combined expertise results in a very complete presentation of PPD that covers risk factors, comprehensive assessment, and multidimensional treatment by a "specialized postpartum treatment team." As in Beyond the Blues, there is a fine chapter on the psychopharmacologic treatment of PPD, plus another on alternative treatments. The authors assert that their treatment recommendations, which are similar to those of Bennett and Indman, have been shown to be effective. They also stress the importance of developing a strong social support network. These books are both important contributions because of the information they provide, the primary difference being one of style. Beyond the Blues is a quick read with an easy-to-handle format; Conquering Postpartum Depression is denser, goes into the issues in somewhat more depth, and covers more ancillary topics. Both are recommended for consumer health and health sciences collections, though for individual purchase by patients Beyond the Blues is probably more appropriate.-Linda M.G. Katz, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738209517
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Rosenberg, M.D., a psychiatrist and OB/GYN, is an expert on the treatment of depression in women and is a member of the faculty of the Wayne State University School of Medicine.Deborah Greening, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who conducts group therapy with couples and families suffering from postpartum depression.James Windell, M.A. , is a psychologist who specializes in family and parenting issues and is the author of several books, including 8 Weeks to a Well-Behaved Child. The authors live in Michigan. Deborah Greening, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who conducts group therapy with couples and families suffering from postpartum depression. James Windell, M.A. , is a psychologist who specializes in family and parenting issues and is the author of several books, including 8 Weeks to a Well-Behaved Child. He lives in Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Authors' Note xi
Introduction xvii
Part 1 Know Your Postpartum Depression Risk
1 What Is Postpartum Depression? 3
2 How Do I Know If I Have Postpartum Depression? 19
3 What Is My Risk for Postpartum Depression? 27
Part 2 Make Sure You Get a Comprehensive Assessment for Postpartum Depression
4 What Is a Comprehensive Assessment? 43
5 What Is My Stress Level? 53
6 Roadblocks to Successful Treatment 67
Part 3 Receive Multi-dimensional Treatment from a Specialized Postpartum Depression Team
7 Why Do I Need Treatment from a Postpartum Depression Team? 83
8 Medical Treatment for Postpartum Depression 93
9 Psychological Treatment for Postpartum Depression 117
10 Alternative Treatment for Postpartum Depression 131
11 Developing a Social Support Network 141
12 Parent Skills Training 155
Postpartum Depression Resources 167
Notes 171
Index 181
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