Pregnant on Prozac

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Separating the myths from the facts—the first-ever guide for women about pregnancy and antidepressant use
 
“Dr. Shoshana Bennett’s book provides a navigation tool for women with depression to enter motherhood well educated and empowered about what they can do to help themselves and to get the help they need from others.”
—Marlene P. Freeman, M.D., Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Program, ...

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Overview

Separating the myths from the facts—the first-ever guide for women about pregnancy and antidepressant use
 
“Dr. Shoshana Bennett’s book provides a navigation tool for women with depression to enter motherhood well educated and empowered about what they can do to help themselves and to get the help they need from others.”
—Marlene P. Freeman, M.D., Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

“Dr. Bennett’s holistic approach surveys the available treatments and filters them through her wise perspective, sharing her empowering commentary with the women who need to know and those who love them.”
—Susan Dowd Stone, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.; former president, Postpartum Support International
 
Pregnant on Prozac is the first guide to clearly spell out both the possible risks of antidepressant use—whether Prozac, Wellbutrin, or another drug—by expectant (or new) mothers, as well as the lesser-known but no less serious risks to both fetus and mother from untreated depression. Taking a pull-no-punches and yet nonjudgmental approach, Dr. Shoshana Bennett addresses:

The controversy: Does the media exaggerate the risk?
The experts: finding and gathering your medical support team
Alternative treatments: acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, and nutrition
The myths: Do pregnancy hormones protect women from depression?
FAQs: Will I be able to breastfeed? Will I pass my depression (or anxiety, or OCD) on to my child?
Communication: How to talk to family and friends about this issue

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“Dr. Shoshana Bennett is a gifted author, with a talent for delivering crucial information about depression and its treatment in a way that is easy to understand. Her book provides a navigation tool for women with depression to enter motherhood well educated and empowered about what they can do to help themselves and to get the help they need from others.”
—Marlene P. Freeman, MD, Director of the Women’s Mental Health Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762749409
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Shoshana Bennett, PhD, is the author of Postpartum Depression for Dummies. A clinical psychologist, she founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987. She has appeared on national radio and TV shows, including ABC’s 20/20. She lives in San Ramon, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Introduction; (1) Making the Decisions; (2)When Professionals Don’t Agree; (3) The Importance of Therapy; (4) Trust Yourself; (5) Pregnancy and Moods; (6) What Partners and Other Close Supports Need to Know; (7)Powerful, Non-Medical Therapies; (8) Antidepressants and Other Medicines for Mood Disorders; (9) Your Risk for Postpartum Depression During and After Delivery; (10) Resources; (11) Index

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