Postnatal Depression: Facing the Paradox of Loss, Happiness and Motherhood

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 23, 2011 - Self-Help - 240 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Being depressed
11
2 What is postnatal depression? Discovering the paradox
25
3 What causes postnatal depression? Why me? Why now?
41
4 Happiness and loss the paradox of postnatal depression
75
5 Being a good mother the paradox of sacrifice
107
6 Postnatal depression by proxy
137
7 Challenging the paradox and getting on with your life
165
Portraits of the women
183
Useful books addresses and websites
213
Notes and references
215
Index
221
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