Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

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Hachette Books, May 3, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
When Shields welcomed her newborn daughter into the world, something unexpected followed--a crippling depression. Now, for the first time ever, she talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter. Shields shares how she, too, battled this debilitating condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects many new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her life, including her struggle to get pregnant, the high expectations she had for herself and that others placed on her as a new mom, and the role of her husband, friends, and family as she struggled to attain her maternal footing. Ultimately, she shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.

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User Review  - campingmomma - www.librarything.com

I really enjoyed the story behind Brooke's book, but did not enjoy the writing as much. The writing left something to be desired, but Brooke's story did not. This is the story of her battle with post ... Read full review

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User Review  - steadfastreader - LibraryThing

This is a quick read. The writing is a bit simplistic, but the intentions are fantastic and I love that it brings mental disorders (Post partum depression (PPD), specifically) front and center. I like ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Brooke Shields has starred in many feature films, including Pretty Baby, Blue Lagoon, and Black and White. She earned critical acclaim on Broadway for The Vagina Monologues and Cabaret, among other shows. She earned a People's Choice Award and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Suddenly Susan. Brooke continues to lend aid to issues involving children's welfare and education, and has established Hands of Change, an organization which benefits young women.

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