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Kleiman, a social worker specializing in postpartum depression andfounder of a treatment and professional training center for prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, and Wenzel, a clinicalpsychologist who lectures on mental health and psychotherapy issues and supervises clinical psychologists, social workers, andpsychiatric nurses, help couples repair their relationships after postpartum depression and increase their awareness and satisfactionwith their marriage. They aim to take the spotlight off of the baby and focus on the couple, helping them assess the status of theirrelationship and how the depression contributed to it, and use the concept of tokens of affection (esteem, collaboration, compromise,selflessness, sanctuary, expression, tolerance, and loyalty) consisting of gestures, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors meant tostrengthen the marriage. They describe the symptoms and effects of postpartum depression, the importance of connectedness, skills andcognitive behavioral strategies for communication, and each of the tokens and tools to use, ending with ways to deal with obstacles.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Postpartum depression is hard on a marriage. In their private practices, authors Karen Kleiman and Amy Wenzel often find themselves face-to-face with marriages that are suffocating, as if the depression has sucked the life out of a relationship that was only prepared for the anticipated joy of pending childbirth. What happens to marriage? Why do couples become angry, isolated, and disconnected? Tokens of Affection looks closely at marriages that have withstood the passing storm of depression and are now seeking, or in need of, direction back to their previous levels of functioning and connectedness. The reader is introduced to a model of collaboration that refers to 8 specific features, which guide postpartum couples back from depression. These features, framed as Tokens, are based on marital therapy literature and serve as a reminder that these are not just communication skill-building techniques; they are gift-giving gestures on behalf of their relationship. A reparative resource, Tokens of Affection helps couples find renewed harmony, a solid relational ground, and reconnection."