Perinatal Mental Health: A Clinical Guide

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Professor Colin R. Martin
M&K Update Ltd, 2012 - MEDICAL - 546 pages
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The prospect of parenthood represents a milestone in anyone’s life course and is often a period of stress and challenge. There are a number of significant mental health problems that can occur during the perinatal period, the consequences of which can be both enduring and, occasionally, life threatening. However, irrespective of the specifics of the clinical manifestation of a disturbance, the distress and misery that accompanies it has significant ramifications for the mother or mother-to-be and her partner and family. 


This book is arranged in themed parts that represent key aspects of facilitating access to effective clinical management during the antenatal and postnatal period. These are covered in the first two Parts One and Two of the book. 


Part Three examines the pertinent areas of concern regarding partners, a critical but often neglected area of concern within the sphere of perinatal mental health. Part Four explores the social dimension of perinatal mental health, covering areas as diverse as the role of social workers to the psychological processes of obedience within the clinical setting. 


Part Five focuses on key themes of assessment and psychological interventions, a complex and often misunderstood area. 


Part Six highlights emerging issues of contemporary relevance, often challenging to the veracity and depth of the current evidence base but of increasing clinical and academic concern. 


Finally, Part Seven considers the broad spectrum of child health, child care and child development, often significantly influenced by the themes established and explored in the preceding parts of the book.


It is hoped that this book will not only provide a handy and evidence-based book for the busy health professional, but will also promote interest and understanding of the complex area that represents perinatal mental health to a wider audience.

 

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A very, very interesting book for Midwives and Nursing-Midwives.
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Contents

Chapter 1 Epidemiology of maternal mental health disorders
1
Chapter 2 Major depressive disorder
15
Chapter 3 Perinatal anxiety
25
Chapter 4 Personality disorders
43
Chapter 5 Schizophrenia
59
Chapter 6 Bipolar affective disorder
75
Chapter 7 Eating disorders
87
Chapter 8 Sexual dysfunction
107
Chapter 22 Male postpartum depression
245
PART FOUR Support social care and healthcare delivery
249
Chapter 23 Conformity and obedience among midwives
251
Chapter 24 Support
265
The role of social workers
295
PART FIVE Maternal assessment counselling and therapy
305
Chapter 26 Screening and psychosocial assessment
307
Chapter 27 Quality of life assessment The Mother Generated Index
323

Chapter 9 Comorbid physical illness
117
Chapter 10 Chronic fatigue syndrome
127
PART TWO Labour and the postnatal period
135
Chapter 11 Premature labour and delivery
137
Chapter 12 Womens experiences of complex labour and birth
145
Chapter 13 Posttraumatic stress disorder following childbirth
155
Chapter 14 Postpartum psychosis
165
Chapter 15 Postnatal depression
173
Chapter 16 Postnatal blues
187
Chapter 17 Anxiety disorders
195
PART THREE Mental health of the partner
207
Chapter 18 Partner coping in pregnancy
209
Chapter 19 Partners at the birth
219
Chapter 20 Couvade syndrome
227
Chapter 21 Partner anxiety and depression
237
Chapter 28 Counselling
333
Chapter 29 Cognitivebehavioural therapy
343
PART SIX Contemporary issues
353
Chapter 30 Body image
355
Chapter 31 Exercise
389
Alcohol and drugs
401
Chapter 33 Obesity and bariatric surgery
415
PART SEVEN Child health child care and child development
429
Chapter 34 Maternalfetal attachment
431
Chapter 35 Breastfeeding
459
Chapter 36 Abnormalities in the baby
473
Chapter 37 Child development and education
483
Chapter 38 Child neglect and child abuse
491
Index
501

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