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This Isn't What I Expected [2nd Edition]: Overcoming Postpartum Depressionby Karen R. Kleiman
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"Will I ever feel like myself again?"
"Why am I so sad and irritable all of the time?"
"Will my wife ever be like she used to be?"
"Why didn't anyone tell us to expect this?"
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. In this definitive guide, postpartum experts Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin offer compassionate support and solid advice on dealing with every aspect of PPD. Their 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
The completely revised and updated second edition of one of the first postpartum depression books--the go-to resource for any new mother battling PPD.
One in seven mothers suffers from a disorder on the postpartum depression spectrum; another 2030 percent of them deal with above-average anxiety. First published in 1994, This Isnt What I Expected became the go-to resource for postpartum depression. This second edition has been updated in an effort to help women and their partners sort through all the noise and myths to focus on getting the help they need. Dr. Valerie Davis Raskin and social worker Karen R. Kleiman offer their expertise in this guide to self-help and professional treatment for one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illnesses. They provide compassionate support and solid advice for mothers with post-partum depression and the partners who can help them through it.
About the Author
Karen Kleiman, MSW, LCSW is well known as an international expert on postpartum depression. She founded The Postpartum Stress Center, LLC (New Jersey), a treatment and training facility for prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety disorders where she treats individuals and couples experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to her clinical practice, she instructs a post-graduate training course for clinicians who have an interest in specializing in the treatment of women with postpartum depression.
Valerie Davis Raskin, MD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, and Chief of the Psychiatry Service at the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, where she works in the Women's Health Clinic. She has 23 years experience in working with mothers, including co-founding the Womens Psychiatry Service in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She is the mother of three young adults.
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