Postpartum Depression Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Overcoming the Most Common Complication after Childbirth

Postpartum Depression Demystified: An Essential Guide for Understanding and Overcoming the Most Common Complication after Childbirth

by Joyce A. Venis RNC, Suzanne McCloskey
     
 

Postpartum depression is the most common complication women experience after childbirth — nearly 700,000 new moms suffer from it each year. Yet this serious mood disorder, characterized by sadness, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness and guilt, insomnia, and thoughts of harming the baby or oneself, continues to be widely misunderstood and frequently misdiagnosed

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Postpartum depression is the most common complication women experience after childbirth — nearly 700,000 new moms suffer from it each year. Yet this serious mood disorder, characterized by sadness, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness and guilt, insomnia, and thoughts of harming the baby or oneself, continues to be widely misunderstood and frequently misdiagnosed. In Postpartum Depression Demystified, renowned PPD authority Joyce Venis and Suzanne McCloskey, both PPD sufferers themselves, turn their combined experience and expertise into an insightful and supportive guide for everyone living with and seeking to understand this condition. Venis and McCloskey cover topics including:
• the nature of PPD and how it differs from other perinatal mood disorders
• how to recognize and cope with the symptoms
• how to obtain an accurate diagnosis
• key risk factors and how to minimize them
• medications and therapies
• getting the support you need from your partner, family, and friends
• how PPD can affect your relationship with your partner and your baby
• nurturing yourself through recovery

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For too long, postpartum depression has been misunderstood, and those who suffer from it have been stigmatized, say Venis, a psychiatric registered nurse and past president of Depression After Delivery (which recently merged with Postpartum Support International), and McCloskey, former editor at Marlowe & Company. Motherhood is commonly depicted as a happy event, but many women are not prepared to deal with the emotional, physical, and psychological stress. The authors aim to help with their own stories of experiencing postpartum depression before going on to explain what the condition is, list its symptoms, discuss relevant diagnostic tests, direct readers to healthcare professionals, and address self-care, among other topics. Personal histories, questionnaires, and easy-to-follow advice and tips make this a great resource. Bold-faced terms in the text are defined in a glossary. A list of organizations, suggested readings, and web sites complete this solid complement to Shoshana Bennett and Pec Indman's Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression. Recommended for consumer health collections.
—Jodith Janes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569242667
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
Demystified
Pages:
241
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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