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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
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
About the Author 299