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Postnatal Depression


Postnatal Depression

Facing the Paradox of Loss, Happiness and Motherhood
1. Aufl.

von: Paula Nicolson, Dorothy Rowe

13,99 €

Verlag: Wiley
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 23.09.2011
ISBN/EAN: 9780470849378
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 240

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Why do I feel so sad when I am so happy? I must be a bad mother. Having a baby is usually a reason for happiness and celebration. Depression after childbirth causes emotional pain and suffering that lives side by side with the joy. That is the underlying paradox and it is that paradox that frequently leads to sense of bewilderment and guilt. Through the stories of 24 women trying to negotiate their lives as mothers, Paula Nicolson helps women understand more about the realities of motherhood. Ninety percent of new mothers find themselves in tears and feeling "down" soon after giving birth and one in ten will become depressed during the first year. Postnatal Depression: Facing the paradox of loss, happiness and motherhood shows how better self-knowledge and a greater understanding of PND can help lift the burden and restore self esteem and harmony to mothers and their families.
Introduction Being depressed What is depression? - official and unofficial definitions What it feels like to be depressed Who gets it and what causes it? Explaining depression What is postnatal depression? Discovering the paradox Different theories and different kinds of depression The baby blues Postnatal distress and depressed moods Postnatal depression What causes postnatal depression? Why me? Why now? Different approaches to understanding women's postnatal experiences Trauma following birth Factors influencing PTSD Worrying about the baby's health and welfare Getting the best support over the postnatal period Coping with depressed moods Finding social support Not all company is supportive Getting support to prevent PND What has happened to me? Motherhood and the arrival of self-confidence Happiness and loss: the paradox of postnatal depression Introduction The experience of loss The healthy grief reaction Losing sleep Losing time Bodies Feeling too fat Losing your looks Losing your 'mind' Losing my self Being clear about who you really are Finding yourself as a mother Being a 'good' mother: the paradox of sacrifice Introduction What is the truth about the maternal instinct Is maternal instinct a biological drive? Is there a paternal instinct? Is biology destiny? Were you born knowing how to bath a baby? The father's role Is a good woman the same as a good mother? But, what does make a good mother? Negotiating the boundaries bewteeen self and other Voices of the experts Postnatal depression by proxy Introduction The paradoxical burden Women's rage: gender relations or PND by proxy? What do women expect? Penelope's story Wendy's story Isobel's story Understanding PND by proxy Challenging the paradox and getting on with your life Introduction Taking control: when and how Social support Emotions fitness Cognitive-analytic therapy (CAT) Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) Physical fitness Where do we go from here? Conclusions Portraits of the women
"..It performs, in a womanlike fashion, the important job of depathologising postnatal sadness...this is the ideal.." (The Times, 3 December 2001) "..this book should be a 'must read' for dads, grandparents, anyone in the caring profession and any women who is about to tackle the monumental task of becoming a mother." (www.familyonwards.com 14 February 2002) "It recognises how things are today with families living far apart, and the ever increasing load a mother has to carry." (Young Minds Magazine, May/June 2002) "...In the patients' library this book could be extremely useful..." (Family Practice, Vol.19, No. 4, 2002) "…I would recommend this book to any pregnant woman,…Well done to the author!!…" (Forparentsbyparents.com, 28 March 2003) "…I would like to end by recommending pages 170-172 to psycho-therapists dealing with depression across the board…and also to those dealing with other mental disorder." (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol.44, No. 6, 2003)  "…a clear and practical book…" (The Sun, 16 September 2003) "…definitely a book I would recommend for all." (Primary Health Care, September 2003) “…gets to the heart of the matter…expecting and new mothers are shown how to take a more realistic approach…” (Stress News, April 2004)  
Why do I feel so sad when I am so happy? I must be a bad mother. Having a baby is usually a reason for happiness and celebration. Depression after childbirth causes emotional pain and suffering that lives side by side with the joy. That is the underlying paradox and it is that paradox that frequently leads to a sense of bewilderment and guilt. Through the stories of 24 women trying to negotiate their lives as mothers, Paula Nicolson helps women understand more about the realities of motherhood. Ninety per cent of new mothers find themselves in tears and feeling 'down' soon after giving birth and one in ten will become depressed during the first year. Postnatal Depression: Facing the Paradox of Loss, Happiness and Motherhood shows how better self-knowledge and a greater understanding of PND can help lift the burden and restore self-esteem and harmony to mothers and their families. "Paula Nicolson develops her now classic study of maternal depression to help women who are unhappy after childbirth understand, accept and survive the onslaught of conflicting emotions they experience" - Sheila Kitzinger

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