This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression

This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression

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Written by two postpartum experts, a definitive guide offering compassionate support and solid advice on dealing with every aspect of Postpartum Depression (PPD).

If you or someone you love is among the one in seven women stricken by PPD, you know how hard it is to get real help. This proven self-help program, which can be used alone or with a support group or therapist, will help you monitor each phase of illness, recognize when you need professional help, cope with daily life, and recover with new strength and confidence. Learn how to:

  • Identify the symptoms of PPD and distinguish it from "baby blues"
  • Deal with panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive urges, and stress overload
  • Break the cycle of shame and negative thoughts
  • Mobilize support from your husband or partner, family, and friends
  • Seek and evaluate treatment options
  • Cope with the disappointment and loss of self-esteem

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738216935
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/29/2013
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 174,321
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW, an international expert on postpartum depression, is the founder of The Postpartum Stress Center in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Valerie Davis Raskin, MD, is a Regional Medical Officer-Psychiatrist with the United States Foreign Service. She was formerly Chief of the Psychiatry Service and the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, where she worked in the Women's Health Clinic, and was cofounder of the Women's Psychiatry Service in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 "I Haven't Been Myself Since My Baby Was Born": Recognizing Postpartum Depression 1

2 "I'm Making Myself Crazy": Breaking Negative Thought Patterns 31

3 "I Just Want This to Go Away": Putting Feelings First and Accepting Postpartum Depression 47

4 "I'm Falling Apart": Coping Techniques 65

5 "I'm Tired, Fat, Ugly, and Still Wearing My Nightgown at Noon": Making Time to Take Care of Yourself 85

6 "Is There Anything I Can Take to Make This Go Away?": Medication and Postpartum Depression 107

7 "Where Do I Go for Help?": Getting the Most Out of Professional Therapy 145

8 "No One Understands Me": Getting the Support You Need 173

9 "What's Happening to My Marriage?": Helping Your Husband to Help You 187

10 "Will My Wife Ever Be the Same?": When Your Wife Has Postpartum Depression 203

11 "This Is Supposed to Be the Best Time in My Life": Fantasies and Expectations of Motherhood 225

12 "What Happened to That Person I Used to Be?": Exploring Your Losses and Reclaiming Your Self-Esteem 243

13 "Will I Be Just Like My Mother?": Working Through Intergenerational issues 263

14 "I'm Starting to Feel Like Myself Again": As You Begin to Recover 281

Recommended Reading 297

Resources 299

About the Authors 301

Index 303

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This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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This book sheds the light on those dark, dark days of PPD. Knowledge and treatment are the only cure. You WILL feel better again.