Synopsis: It's a great blessing when a new mom with postpartum depression (PPD) is fortunate enough to be diagnosed early by a knowledgeable medical practitioner or therapist. But without guidance, it isn't always clear where the boundary between normal baby blues and PPD lies. As with any other illness, the quicker that PPD is identified and treated, the faster the woman will recover. Postpartum Depression For Dummies can help medical and mental health professionals begin the process of determining what’s going on and what course of treatment is best. The book covers all aspects of PPD, from its history and its origins to its effects on women and their families to the wide variety of treatments available—including psychotherapy, alternative medical treatments, conventional Western medicine, and self-care measures.
-How to distinguish between pregnancy hormone changes, "baby blues," and PPD.
-The difficulties of getting a proper diagnosis.
-The role and importance of a psychotherapist.
-The benefits of medication for depression.
-Alternative treatments with a successful track record.
-How to find the right balance of psychological, medical, and alternative treatment.
-Ways you can help foster recovery.
-How to help your partner help you.
-Additional resources you need" web sites, organizations, and further reading.
After completing this home-study course, you'll be better able to...
-Differentiate between normal hormone changes following pregnancy, baby blues, and PPD.
-Provide new moms with the proper psychological treatment for PPD.
-Refer new moms for proper medical treatment for PPD.
-Understand the roles of alternative treatments for PPD.
-Help mothers plan for another baby after PPD.
Author Profile: Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, is the author of Postpartum Depression for Dummies (2007) and Pregnant on Prozac (2009), and is co-author of Beyond the Blues: Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression & Anxiety (2011). She is also the creator of the mobile phone app PPD Gone! which provides advice and strategies to cope and recover from the debilitating consequences of PPD. She is a former president of Postpartum Support International and founder of Postpartum Assistance for Mothers. She has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally as a guest lecturer and keynote speaker to train medical and healthcare professionals. She is well known for her popular DrShosh.com Radio Show and has appeared as a guest expert on countless television and radio shows including 20/20, The Ricki Lake Show and The Doctors. All aspects of the media consult, interview, and quote her regularly, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, Psychology Today, USA Today, Parenting, The Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitan.