Postpartum depression is a type of clinical depression affecting mostly women but also men. There are many ways to fight postpartum depression such as through medications and natural remedies. But self-help books can also guide new mothers through their darkest moments.
Three Good Postpartum Depression Books
- This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen R. Kleiman, M.S.W. and Valerie D. Raskin, M.D.
This book thoroughly discusses the different aspects of postpartum depression so women can better understand and determine its symptoms. What makes this a good book is that it is clearly classified so that readers can easily find the information they need – be it symptoms, diagnosis, treatment or medical information. This book will help women to distinguish postpartum depression symptoms from that of less severe "baby blues". Also, the book guides women to steer clear of negative thoughts and to cope with symptoms associated with the condition including obsessive compulsive urges, panic attacks and other postpartum emergencies. This Isn’t What I Expected also encourages readers to seek support from their partner, family and friends. Most importantly, it gives women several treatment options in dealing with the disorder- including medication, joining self-help groups and psychotherapy.
- Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety by Linda Sebastian
With over 25 years experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and having worked with several women who are experiencing postpartum depression, the author is more than familiar with the subject which makes it a good read for women who may be suffering from the condition. The book discusses how nearly 15% of all new mothers do not understand and are not prepared to deal with the PPD. According to the book, most of these women are devastated by postpartum depression symptoms and are ashamed to seek professional help. So instead they try to conceal the condition. The book aims to make women know that help is available and that they should not be afraid to seek it, more so now that medical professionals are being trained to recognize postpartum depression in women.
- Down Came The Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression by Brooke Shields
As Brooke Shields is a celebrity who many people watched grow up on film and in TV shows, her struggles with postpartum depression attracted widespread media attention. Through this book, Shields was able to give voice to the condition that forced others to acknowledge its existence. Shields was brave enough to share her story with millions of readers and in return, she was successful in making her readers listen to her and feel her pain and struggle. This is a good postpartum depression book as it makes women strong and unashamed to declare that they may be experiencing it. It also encourages women to seek professional help and support from families and friends.