When Baby Brings the Blues: Solutions for Postpartum Depression

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 13, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
A leading expert on postpartum depression offers new mothers an insightful, medically sound guide to recovery

A full 20 percent of new moms will be affected by PPD--but the good news is that PPD is very responsive to treatment. This guide, written by psychiatrist and internationally acclaimed PPD specialist Ariel Dalfen, leads women out of the maze of depression, offering medical and psychotherapeutic options, practical lifestyle changes, and an impressive array of resources for further support. Complete with a PPD diagnosis questionnaire, a treatment plan checklist, and a table of medications and side effects, this upbeat guide also includes daily affirmations used by Dr. Dalfen's own patients when recovering from PPD.

Dr. Ariel Dalfen (Toronto, ON) is a psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and an acclaimed lecturer and medical researcher in the area of post-partum depression.
 

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Contents

Introduction
2
The Myths and Realities of Postpartum Mental Illness
5
Are You at Risk?
18
Do You have Postpartum Depression?
45
Start by Helping Yourself
80
Getting Professional Help
121
Psychotherapy
133
Medication
147
Moving On
230
Appendices
245
Postpartum Screening Tool
248
Programs That Specialize in Treating Women With Pregnancy and Postpartum Mental Health Issues
251
Resources
257
Making Large Scale Change
265
Bibliography
267
Index
285

Weaving Your Web of Support
194
Just the Two of You The Postpartum Partnership
211

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Dr. Dalfen is a psychiatrist who specializes in caring for women who have mental health problems during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. She works in the Perinatal Mental Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and helps to teach other health care professionals, students, and the public about postpartum mental illnesses. Dr. Dalfen has been a medical contributor for various television networks and TV shows and she is regularly called upon to deliver public and professional lectures. She is also a mom to two adorable girls-one of whom was born during the writing of this book!

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