Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

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Hachette Books, May 3, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
27 Reviews
In her bestselling memoir,Brooke Shields shares with the world her deeply personal experience with postpartum depression

When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter to the world, her joyful expectations were quickly followed by something unexpected -- a crippling depression. In what is sure to strike a chord with the millions of women who suffer from depression after childbirth, Brooke Shields shares how she, too, battled a 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 in the midst of a disabling depression.

Ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.

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User Review  - Melanie Springer - Goodreads

Listened to the Audible edition. An especially important book for those who have struggled with postpartum depression. Shields is a good storyteller, both in her narrative voice and her reading voice. Read full review

Review: Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

User Review  - Angela - Goodreads

I had a daughter almost 8 months ago and suffered for awhile with depression. having to get a c-section, her not wanting to breastfeed and all the other stressors of being a new parent were too much ... 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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