This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression

Karen Kleiman Valerie Davis Raskin

This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression

This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression

  • Title: This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression
  • Author: Karen Kleiman Valerie Davis Raskin
  • ISBN: 9780553370751
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback

A major addition to both maternity and psychology literature, here is a guide to self help and professional treatment of postpartum depression one of the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illnesses The authors debunk the myths surrounding PPD and provide compassionate support and solid advice for women with PPD.

Recent Comments "This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression"

I read this book when I was in the throes of the most terrifying time of my life. The only thing I'd heard about PPD was during my Georgia O'Keefe obsession when I learned that she had no children because Alfred Steiglitz (her famous photographer husband)'s daughter suffered it so badly when he child was born that he did not want to see Georgia suffer through anything like this. I'd read that around 1989.I gave birth to my first son in 1998, and was completely unafraid of such things.Little did [...]

I read this book as apart of the required reading for my childbirth educator certification. I have never experienced postpartum depression, I had read about it in little sections of various pregnancy, birth, and parenting books and I felt I knew what it was all about yeah I had no idea! I learned so much about how PPD can come about, how it can escalate, when to get professional help and various ways to cope. I didn't know it could last so long, the various kinds of postpartum mood disorders, or [...]

There is a lot of good information and plenty of validation in this book, and it is a good reference for women who are experiencing postpartum mood disorders. There is, however, a notable socioeconomic class bias in this book, and there are a few eye-rolling recommendations, and in one case it was downright insulting. (Putting on mascara as a way of taking care of yourself? Moms who comfort their babies in the night are insecure and need an ego-boost? Give me a break.) Clearly some pieces need t [...]

A must read if you or someone you love has ppd or ppaThis is a wonderful book with practical tools to help you through the devastation of postpartum depression and/or anxiety. This book is also great for loved ones who aren't sure how to help a struggling new mom. I highly recommend this book.

This Isn't What I expected is a thorough overview of postpartum depression (PPD). It discusses the symptoms of PPD, how to seek help, various medications that can help, different types of therapy/counseling, recovery and there is even a chapter specifically written for the partner. I would recommend this book to any new mom (or her partner) who suspected she might be getting or suffering from PPD. This Isn't What I Expected will help you identify your feelings and symptoms and you will know if t [...]

A wonderful resource for women struggling with PPD, filled with very helpful information on coping techniques, therapy, medication, and more. But one big beef with this book was it did feel a bit exclusionary. If you aren't middle-class, married and straight you might be turned off by some of the language and assumptions. Case in point, the continual usage of "husband," to which the author even adds a disclaimer that she means it to include any sort of partner. So why not just use the more inclu [...]

I've never been pregnant and I've never struggled with depression. I found this book when researching PPD for school. It is a wonderful resource full of workable and positive solutions for women and men coming to terms with PPD and what it means for their families.I would like to see a new addition with more up-to-date information about food therapies as well as more inclusive language that reflects the modern day diversity in families.Otherwise, this was a great help and interesting read that I [...]

Read this mostly out of necessity to help understand a disorder I can't really relate to. I didn't fully finish this book, but I read the parts I needed to read to understand how I could help.I think it's great for understanding the disorder and the options that are available for treating it. And that's exactly what I needed. But it's not really a riveting read unless you're interested in the subject.

An unfortunate and terribly humiliating title for a truly excellent book. I'll be recommending it to all friends dealing with any type of postpartum stress--which is just about every real mother I can think of. Loved the chapter on coming to terms with your own childhood and mother, among many others. Written in a very careful way, easy and open to all kinds of experiences. Excellent questions and exercises to work through all kinds of postpartum emotions.

This is an excellent book, and I think would be perfect for any new parent experiencing a postpartum mood disorder, particularly someone who has no prior experience with mental health issues. It is written in a logical way and clearly explains what's happening and why and how the different methods of treatment work. I wish the authors were more generous with using words besides "husband" and can only imagine this terminology will be fixed in future editions.

I read this book while working on my graduation project. It is a very good resource for every new mother facing difficulties in this new phase of her life. It explains the most common forms of PPD and provides you with symptom checklists that will help you to understand your feelings and then gives you some good solutions to understand your feeling and help you to overcome this illness. I enjoyed reading it. it's well-written and I think all mothers should have it.

I was reading this book to better prepare myself to support new moms. It was a good book to help me be more understanding and empathetic. There were some parts that I enjoyed pondering personally too. Like the chapter Fantasies and Expectations in Motherhood. It was interesting to think about what I did expect motherhood to be like. For the most part, reality and my expectations were not too different.

very good resource. helpful symptom checklists, exercises to help with recovery, compassionate perspective in getting through the worst times, and chapters to help those who are trying to help; most specifically, husbands. I'd recommend it to any pregnant woman and anyone who knows a pregnant woman, just to know what to watch for.

I am glad that Brooke Shields was open about her struggle with PPD, but this book irritated me. It's not the story of a "real" person's struggle with PPD. Shields had resources available to her that the average person would not, or could not have.

Thank goodness for help. This book professionally explores many different options for treating postpartum depression including medication, therapy, self-help, etc. This book is very informative and is a life line for those who suffer from postpartum depression.

This is a great resource for women dealing with postpartum depression and their families. I thought the chapters on breaking negative thought patterns and reclaiming your self-esteem were particularly helpful.

A must-read for any woman (or her loved ones) dealing with a postpartum illness (even just postpartum stress). Lots of good advice, tips, practical suggestions, and other useful info, all in one place. Highly recommend.

intended for mothers who may be experiencing postpartum depression. it was a useful introduction to this diagnosis for me, a new clinician.

Useful, clinical guide to postpartum depression.

Covers a lot. Very helpful book! The tone is sympathetic yet direct.


A bit outdated but still has a lot of good info.

This is a fabulous book about how to help with postpartum depression.

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