Living Beyond Postpartum Depression: Help and Hope for the Hurting Mom and Those Around Her


For all, it causes discomfort. For many, deep distress. For some, it robs them of life. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a far more common, misunderstood, and life-debilitating illness than most people realize. At a time when most moms expect to feel happy and content, those suffering from PPD experience the crushing weight of despair and anxiety.

Living Beyond Postpartum Depression offers hope to not only those moms but also their husbands, family members, and friends. Because ...

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For all, it causes discomfort. For many, deep distress. For some, it robs them of life. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a far more common, misunderstood, and life-debilitating illness than most people realize. At a time when most moms expect to feel happy and content, those suffering from PPD experience the crushing weight of despair and anxiety.

Living Beyond Postpartum Depression offers hope to not only those moms but also their husbands, family members, and friends. Because women battling PPD, and those walking with them through this valley, often don’t know what to do, this book explains what they’re facing physically, emotionally, and spiritually and how these three aspects are inseparably intertwined.

Best-selling author Jerusha Clark shares her own PPD story while offering scripturally based truths that will help restore, heal, guide, and support readers. With practical advice, treatment options, and steps to moving forward, Living Beyond Postpartum Depression is the compassionate, biblical encouragement those affected by PPD need. Tyndale House Publishers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600066214
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Series: Hollywood Nobody Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,148,895
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerusha Clark is the author of several books, including Every Thought Captive and When I Get Married . . . She also coauthored the best-selling book I Gave Dating a Chance. Jerusha’s ministry passion is to help people more fully glorify and enjoy God. She resides in Escondido, California, with her husband, Jeramy, a pastor at Emmanuel Faith Community Church, and their daughters, Jocelyn and Jasmine.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 My Story 13

Chapter 2 Postpartum Depression and the Body 31

Chapter 3 Postpartum Depression and the Mind 61

Chapter 4 Hope for Hurting Husbands 87

Chapter 5 The Pain of a Parent 115

Chapter 6 Familial Fallout 135

Chapter 7 A Faithful Friend 149

Chapter 8 Spiritual Implications of Postpartum Depression 161

Chapter 9 Balancing the Body 179

Chapter 10 Transforming the Mind 213

Chapter 11 Understanding Postpartum Psychosis and Suicide 235

Chapter 12 Moving Beyond 253

Appendix A Helpful Verses 273

Appendix B More Helps for the Journey 277

Notes 287

About the Author 299

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

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    Living Beyond Postpartum Depression by Jerusha Clark is a good book written to both the woman who is suffering, but also to those who are suffering with her. Not often I have a found a book to truly be written to two different groups of people so successfully. Something that is really good about this book is that unlike so many self help books that promise their program or solution is key and the way to healing, Jerusha shares her story as well as others and quotes various books and scriptures that she has come across along her research journey that help. Other books are pointed out and suggestions for various doctors and research programs are highlighted. This truly is a book about finding help and getting better rather than "here's a solution, so do it".

    I found that Jerusha's book was written much like a letter. It was personal and real. Something that can be related to and growth can be made from her words. In addition to the fact that the interior of the book is a good resource, the cover is gorgeous. Although that may seem like a little thing, surrounding yourself by beauty when everything seems so glum can really help even the slightest bit. And from experience I tell you, any glimmer of help is something.

    I do recommend this book as well as The Postpartum Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Postpartum Depression for any mom who might have an inkling of PPD.

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

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    A must for anyone affected by PPD

    I have never been diagnosed with postpartum depression or any other postpartum disorder, but I have not had an easy time of it emotionally since my kids were born. I've felt in some ways like this was a betrayal of my faith and my role as a Christian mom, since all of the other Christian moms that I knew seemed to love everything about motherhood and being with small children, while I honestly did not. So I ended up feeling guilty on top of being tired and discouraged, and that's not a good place to be.

    Reading Living Beyond Postpartum Depression was such an encouragement to me. Jerusha Clark opens the book by honestly and openly sharing her story of the severe PPD that she faced after the birth of each of her children, and the long road that her family had to travel on to find healing. As the book continues, she also shares stories from other moms who suffered from PPD in varying levels of severity and what issues they faced. There are chapters dealing with PPD and what it is exactly and its effects on the body and the mind mind, as well as chapters discussing spiritual issues related to PPD.

    There is so much information in this book and it really has something to help everyone who is touched by PPD, not just the new mom who is personally experiencing the issue. Jerusha includes chapters with information for the husband, for the parents and in-laws of the mom, and for friends. These chapters don't just explain PPD, they offer concrete examples of what to say and do. I think this is particularly valuable information- it's so unbelievably frustrating to watch someone you love going through a difficult time and being scared to do or say something that will just make the issue worse. The book closes with chapters dealing with treatment and recovery issues, as well as appendices containing helpful Bible verses and additional resources for PPD.

    My favorite chapter was definitely the one entitled "Spiritual Implications of Postpartum Depression." It includes a great discussion of misconceptions about PPD and other mental illness, and truths to combat those misconceptions and lies.

    Important messages abound in Living Beyond Postpartum Depression- like the reminder that this is not something that the sufferer has chosen or caused in any way. Having PPD doesn't mean that someone hasn't been praying enough or has faith that is too weak, it's a physical illness, like any other, and the sufferer needs help. Jerusha encourages people dealing with PPD to reach out for help in a number of ways- through prayer and scripture reading, of course, but also through counseling and medical care.

    I really love this book and hope that it finds its way into the hands of moms everywhere. Although the book is written by a Christian author and contains a lot of discussion of faith and the Bible, I think it would be a great resource for any mom or person with a loved one who is facing PPD.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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