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If you or someone you love is among the one in seven women stricken by PPD, you know how hard it is to get real help. In this definitive guide, postpartum experts Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin offer compassionate support and solid advice on dealing with every aspect of PPD. Their proven self-help program, which can be used alone or with a support group or therapist, will help you monitor each phase of illness, recognize when you need professional help, cope with daily life, and recover with new strength and confidence.

Learn how to identify the symptoms of PPD and distinguish it from "baby blues"; deal with panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive urges, and stress overload; break the cycle of shame and negative thoughts; mobilize support from your husband or partner, family, and friends; seek and evaluate treatment options; and cope with the disappointment and loss of self-esteem.

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©2013 Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin (P)2018 Tantor

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Trigger warning for those who have experienced ppd

I ended up returning this audio. I'm really glad it has helped some women but for me I feel like it just triggered bad emotions and bad memories rather than helped me personally. I should have thought of it causing that but it definitely took me by surprise. I had PPD after my sixth baby was born over two years ago (having never experienced it even remotely at all before) and it was AWFUL and completely took us by surprise!...thankfully I recovered and started feeling more like myself every day after about six to eight weeks...and I'm SO grateful because it was HORRIBLE. I have no idea why it hit me!!! I was listening to this hoping for some insight and "why's" of why women go through this horrible trial....but for me this book was not a good idea. I do appreciate that they are trying to help and bring awareness though... and I really hope it helps some who are struggling!

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Should be required for all new parents.

I wish I had read/listened to this book after the birth of my first child and then again after my 4th when I experienced PPD for the first time. Listening to this on the other side of PPD taught me even more than I learned while having PPD. I now have more tools to better support those in my circles.

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Great info but found voice annoying

Great info but voice was annoying, especially after just listening to Brooke Shield’s book on PPD which sounded much more personable. Voice was somewhat better when I listened on 1.5 speed.

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