Postpartum depression (PPD) is a far more common and life-debilitating issue than most people realize. At a time when most women expect happiness, the crushing weight of depression and anxiety can descend.Postpartum depression not only affects the new mom but the entire family as well. Relationships are impacted, feelings of grief and despair surface, and the answers may sPostpartum depression (PPD) is a far more common and life-debilitating issue than most people realize. At a time when most women expect happiness, the crushing weight of depression and anxiety can descend.Postpartum depression not only affects the new mom but the entire family as well. Relationships are impacted, feelings of grief and despair surface, and the answers may seem far away.This book is written for the sufferer and for those around her. Author Jerusha Clark's writing is full of research, her own story of PPD, and Scripture. It will help you process what you’re facing on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level....
|Title||:||Living Beyond Postpartum Depression: Help and Hope for the Hurting Mom and Those Around Her|
|Number of Pages||:||304 Pages|
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Living Beyond Postpartum Depression: Help and Hope for the Hurting Mom and Those Around Her Reviews
4.5 This book is really informative for women struggling with postpartum depression, as well as people who know someone that is. It has a lot of information on ways to cope with it from both aspects. There are chapters from the perspective of sufferers themselves, as well as different chapters covering the stress it puts on friends and family members alike. Really informative book. It also shows different ways to cope with postpartum depression, and depression itself. I give it a 4.5 because it is kinda repetitive in some spots making certain chapters hard to finish, but it is altogether very informative.
*More than a book review, personal thoughts.*About a month before my daughter was born I read The Postpartum Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Postpartum Depression and considered myself fairly prepared. With my personal history of depression coming and going I just knew that I was going to suffer from a horrid case of postpartum depression (PPD). Yet then months went by and I was still as happy as could be. It is true there were days here and there where I was in a slump, but nothing lasted more than a day or two before I felt "normal" again. Nothing in comparison to the way I felt in years past. When I saw this book available from the NavPress Bloggers program I requested it. I was not depressed, nor pregnant, but I figured that it was still an interesting topic that I might one day need and/or find interesting if I ever became depressed later in life related to postpartum or not. It has been sitting on my shelf and I've been meaning to get to it. But lately things are all falling behind. I've been a bit overwhelmed by things I "need" to do. In the last week or so (as my Enginerd reminds me, you've only been saying this for about a week) I have noticed that I'm depressed.. again. There is absolutely no real rhyme or reason that I should be, I just am. I'm irritable and on a short fuse. I have no desire to do anything, much less read and review. No appetite and I have extreme guilt feelings going on. I feel like I should be on the floor playing with AppleBlossom, but I'm just exhausted and want her nap to last just a little bit longer so that I can breathe. Something is just not right. I saw this book in my pile and figured I should read it. Frankly I do not like what I'm seeing. I might be suffering from PPD. I knew it might happen. But it's been almost 13 months since AppleBlossom was born. I thought I had gotten away with it. Well... Living Beyond Postpartum Depression by Jerusha Clark is a good book written to both the woman who is suffering, but also to those who are suffering with her. Not often I have a found a book to truly be written to two different groups of people so successfully. Something that is really good about this book is that unlike so many self help books that promise their program or solution is key and the way to healing, Jerusha shares her story as well as others and quotes various books and scriptures that she has come across along her research journey that help. Other books are pointed out and suggestions for various doctors and research programs are highlighted. This truly is a book about finding help and getting better rather than "here's a solution, so do it". I found that Jerusha's book was written much like a letter. It was personal and real. Something that can be related to and growth can be made from her words. In addition to the fact that the interior of the book is a good resource, the cover is gorgeous. Although that may seem like a little thing, surrounding yourself by beauty when everything seems so glum can really help even the slightest bit. And from experience I tell you, any glimmer of help is something. I do recommend this book as well as The Postpartum Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Postpartum Depression for any mom who might have an inkling of PPD. *Thanks to NavPress for providing a copy for review.*
A very helpful book to me as a husband. I will still need to go back to it for some needed encouragement. Thanks, Jerusha!
This was a hard book for me to read actually. I got it on a whim since I just had our third baby recently and felt a nudge that I needed to read it. I didn't realize how much of life I had been missing and what I had passed off as normal postpartum emotions, really isn't. Jerusha takes a good, well-informed look at the many facets of PPD. She speaks from real life experience (and doesn't shy away from the nitty-gritty aspects of it that a lot of people shy away from, especially believers) to tell her story of the onset and life through and past PPD for not just her, but also her husband. She then goes through and discusses the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of PPD as it is a multi-faceted issue. I appreciate the fact that she doesn't come down hard core on only one treatment option (I reserved medications for anything if the underlying cause can't be fixed by lifestyle changes and then natural treatments first. That is just me personally). Jerusha was very thorough in explaining the chemical/hormonal causes of PPD (including how the brains of those affected look different on brain imaging scans than those not), how lifestyle changes (exercise/diet) can help relieve symptoms, suggestions for other resources to look into and how to help those you love with PPD. I highly recommend this book to every woman who wants to have children, their spouses and health care (medical and counselors) professionals. I wish I had read this before our first baby was born (turns out, I likely had PPD after the loss of our first child at 12 weeks [I got clinically depressed and suicidal after that] and while it mostly resolved, I don't think it ever did. Knowing now how that all played together to cause the issues I had with my last pregnancy in a way is a relief [there were other issues involved too, it wasn't all the PPD that I never had treated]. But knowing that I am not alone, that there is help and I don't necessarily have to resort to pharmaceuticals is a relief).If you or someone you love is dealing with PPD or suspected PPD, get this book. It will be a blessing to you and your relationship with them.
Helpful story of a woman and her struggle with post partum depression. The book addresses concerns of medication use, conveys information on how loved-ones can help, and spiritual aspects of the disease and recovery.