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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd; 1st New edition edition (17 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185775655X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857756555
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Rennie on 29 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book having seen Elaine on television describing her illness. I have suffered from Post Natal Illness with all 3 of my children and am still being treated now.

I thought I was going completely round the twist and thought nobody would understand just how alone I felt. However, once I started reading the book I realised Elaine had suffered Postnatal Psychosis and managed to come through it. If she could come out the other end smiling then I believe I can too.

This book made me feel that I'm not alone in my suffering and that other women are suffering the same as me. I am truly grateful to Elaine for giving such an honest account of what happened to her. It has given me hope for the future which I didn't have before.

In my opinion, every GP, health visitor, mental health worker and midwife should read this book.

I know I've harped on a bit but this book is definitely the reason I haven't given up hope and if I can feel that way then hopefully others can too.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar. 2005
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This book was an excellent read. The author explains the journey she has taken from a confident person through severe post natal depression and back. I found this book hard to put down and the author makes you feel you know all that has happened to her and her family through her very detailed accounts. At times the book made me laugh and at other times there were tears in my eyes. A very informative book that is not full of jargon words but clearly explains the realities of living through this illness.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sue Bentley VINE VOICE on 14 Aug. 2006
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Saying a book moved you from tears to laughter and back is an awful cliche - but the fact remains this book does just that. From the gradual descent into black horror, to the equally gradual climb back into the light, Elaine tells us not just events but feelings and thoughts, we take the journey with her. All health professionals should read this, it helps to understand mental health problems from the inside. Its a damn good read too - I devoured the whole book in two days!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louise Knowles on 8 Oct. 2007
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This book is a must read for anyone who suspects they may be suffering from PND and for GP's, midwives, health visitors etc who work in this field and may come across this life threatening, life changing illness.

Without the information provided in this book I would not be here today, as a mother to my two year old daughter and a wife to my husband of seven years. Thanks Elaine, you helped me come through the most frightening time of my life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Jenner on 8 April 2008
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I have had puerperal psychois twice myself, and I found Elaine's book Eyes Without Sparkle, compelling reading. She writes in an exceedingly honest and open way about the events in her life during perinatal illness, with a remarkable memory of all the details. I cried several times reading the book and it has given me several useful insights to my own recovery. I think health visitors would find this book very useful. Elaine shows a great deal of strength of character to overcome the illness, and this is inspiring for other mental health users.
Susan Jenner
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. King on 29 Sept. 2006
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I started the book and found that I could not put it down until I had finished. Elaine Hanzak takes you with her on her downward spiral into severe post natal illness and finally back out of the darkness.

It is so refreshing to read a true account of the terrible effects that this illness can have, in particular the fear that one may harm their own baby. Elaine speaks with an honesty which will be helpfull to fellow sufferers and their families but also to the medical profession in their treatment and care of women who have this illness.

There is also a usefull glossary at the end of the book giving information on support groups and helplines.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2005
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This is a wonderful book for both the medical profession and new mothers. It is a very moving story told brilliantly by Mrs Hanzak. A great inspiration for anyone suffering from post-natal depression.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By strueth ruth on 3 Mar. 2008
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I manage a charity helping women with postnatal illness, and i found this an excellent book. It will help mothers who are currently suffering from this distressing illness feel reassured that they are not alone and they WILL get better. It is also very helpful for any professionals working with poorly mums - it helps you to realise how important what you say to mum can be in influencing the progress of her recovery. And i found it very hard to put down!
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