Understanding Postpartum Psychosis: A Temporary Madness

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Threaded with in-depth stories from women who experienced postpartum psychosis - including one who committed infanticide - this unique and absorbing work offers psychological, medical, legal, and historical perspectives on this potentially deadly mental illness.

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Overview

Threaded with in-depth stories from women who experienced postpartum psychosis - including one who committed infanticide - this unique and absorbing work offers psychological, medical, legal, and historical perspectives on this potentially deadly mental illness.

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Jane Honikman MS Founder

"Teresa Twomey has overcome the stigma and pain of postpartum psychosis to shine a spotlight on what professionals and the public need to know to help childbearing families. Thank you, Teresa!"

Jane Honikman MSFounder
"Teresa Twomey has overcome the stigma and pain of postpartum psychosis to shine a spotlight on what professionals and the public need to know to help childbearing families. Thank you, Teresa!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313353468
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2009
  • Pages: 173
  • Sales rank: 833,343
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

TERESA M. TWOMEY, JD is Co-Coordinator for Postpartum Support International in Connecticut. She served earlier as Coordinator for Postpartum Support International in Virginia, and as a Public Reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health. Twomey, who has been a faculty member at Longwood University in Virginia, and a Paralegal Instructor of Master Technical Institute in New Jersey, practiced law and professional mediation before experiencing postpartum psychosis herself. After her recovery, she put her law career on hold to become an advocate for women with postpartum mood disorders.

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Foreword

Introduction

Part I: Overview

Ch. 1: More than Depression

Ch. 2: Psychological Views

Ch. 3: Postpartum Psychosis Across History and in the Media Today

Ch. 4: Legal Views

Part II: Stories of Recovery

Ch. 5: Women Like Me, and You: Teresas Story

Ch. 6: After the Manic Super Mom Period: Lauras Story

Ch. 7: Two Episodes of PPP: A Story of Recovery in Five Parts, Evas Story

Ch. 8: Obsessions and Delusions: Wandas Story

Ch. 9: Suicidal Thoughts, an Evil Dog, and a Call to Police: Nicoles Story

Ch. 10: Visions of Mother and Child Cut Up: Lisas Story

Ch. 11: The Maze of Medication and Recovery: Martis Story

Ch. 12: Acting Well but Wanting to Die: Sarahs Story

Ch. 13: Seeing a Dagger, Hearing Voices: Taras Story

Part III: Tragic Conclusions

Ch. 14: Suicide: A Murderous Illness, Melanies Story

Ch. 15: 90 Miles With a Dead Baby: Katherines Story

Conclusion: What We Know, Dont Know, and Need to Do to Prevent Tragedy

Notes

Bibliography

Appendix A: Resources (for further reading)

Appendix B: Where to Find Help

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