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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (17 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185775655X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857756555
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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This book is an excellent buy I am currently a student nurse attending Edge Hill University and, Mrs. Hanzak came into university to give us a lecture, I found the lecture so fascinating that I decided to buy the book and read everything from start to finish In 2 days, (I couldn't put it down)! Can I just say that this book is amazing and so many people could relate to it. There are not many things that I can say to describe what an incredible and strong person it has taken to be able to reflect on the situations that are delt with in the book. I think it is also an insperation to women every where. Last but not least, Buy the book you will not be disapointed it is such a moving story, with so many incredible outcomes.

Thank You for a wonderful Book Elaine, You are an insperation.
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A very moving and eye opening read. I should imagine it to be very helpful to professionals and have passed it on to my health visitor's team. A word of caution though if you suspect you're suffering with PND at present and are feeling very low. This is how I felt when I bought it, and as I read it I felt very affected by it, which didn't help at the time although had I read it sooner, or after I started picking up (with help from my doctor), I think it might have been better. But all in all a useful book.
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