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Postnatal Depression: Facing the Paradox of Loss, Happiness and Motherhood (Family Matters) Paperback – 26 Sep 2001

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"..It performs, in a womanlike fashion, the important job of depathologising postnatal sadness...this is the ideal.." (The Times, 3 December 2001)

"..this book should be a ′must read′ for dads, grandparents, anyone in the caring profession and any women who is about to tackle the monumental task of becoming a mother." (www.familyonwards.com 14 February 2002)

"It recognises how things are today with families living far apart, and the ever increasing load a mother has to carry." (Young Minds Magazine, May/June 2002)

"...In the patients′ library this book could be extremely useful..." (Family Practice, Vol.19, No. 4, 2002)

"…I would recommend this book to any pregnant woman,…Well done to the author!!…" (Forparentsbyparents.com, 28 March 2003)

"…I would like to end by recommending pages 170–172 to psycho–therapists dealing with depression across the board…and also to those dealing with other mental disorder." (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol.44, No. 6, 2003) 

"…a clear and practical book…" (The Sun, 16 September 2003)

"…definitely a book I would recommend for all." (Primary Health Care, September 2003)

“…gets to the heart of the matter…expecting and new mothers are shown how to take a more realistic approach…” (Stress News, April 2004)
 

"..It performs, in a womanlike fashion, the important job of depathologising postnatal sadness...this is the ideal.."
(The Times, 3 December 2001)

"..this book should be a ′must read′ for dads, grandparents, anyone in the caring profession and any women who is about to tackle the monumental task of becoming a mother." (www.familyonwards.com 14 February 2002)

"It recognises how things are today with families living far apart, and the ever increasing load a mother has to carry."
(Young Minds Magazine, May/June 2002)

“…gets to the heart of the matter…expecting and new mothers are shown how to take a more realistic approach…” (Stress News, April 2004)

"...In the patients′ library this book could be extremely useful..." (Family Practice, Vol.19, No. 4, 2002) 

"…I would recommend this book to any pregnant woman,…Well done to the author!!…" (Forparentsbyparents.com, 28 March 2003)

"…I would like to end by recommending pages 170–172 to psycho–therapists dealing with depression across the board…and also to those dealing with other mental disorder." (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol.44, No. 6, 2003)

"…a clear and practical book…" (The Sun, 16 September 2003)

"…definitely a book I would recommend for all." (Primary Health Care, September 2003)

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The birth of their child is one of the happiest times for mothers. However, ninety percent of new mothers find themselves in tears and feeling down soon after giving birth and one in ten become depressed in their baby's first year. In the traditional medical view Postnatal Depression (PND) has been considered to be the consequence of hormonal changes but this alone is not enough to explain PND completely and health care professionals and researchers are still struggling to identify who will suffer from it and who will not.

In this down-to-earth, practical guide, Paula Nicolson, not only explains PND and outlines the theories of its causes, but also confronts the fundamental questions that most women want to know: "will it affect me?" and "what should I do if it does?".

Using the stories of 24 women trying to adapt to being mothers, Paula Nicolson deals with the issues at the heart of this problem. By having a better understanding of the realities of motherhood, including the psychological and biological aspects, new mothers are able to develop a better self-awareness, which in turn allows them to deal with the emotional and practical challenges that lay ahead.

Aimed directly at expecting and new mothers, this clear and accessible read is also an aid for health professionals and researchers of PND who struggle with the apparent lack of logic surrounding it.

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Postnatal Depression by Paula Nicolson is a thorough study of a condition that is too often scoffed at by the medical profession and lay people alike. Women who have suffered from any or all of the symptoms described by Professor Nicolson will learn from this book that they are neither alone nor mad. First time mothers-to-be will also be reassured; many apprehensions they may have are answered here. The book is based on an in-depth academic study, but is written in an accessible and lucid style - the reader does not have to be a professor herself to understand its contents. (Or himself - fathers-to-be or new fathers would also find this book a useful tool to understanding the emotions surrounding a birth.) And because the subjects of the book's study were 'real' people (with names changed to protect anonymity of course), their profiles make interesting reading to a general browser too.
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Paula Nickolson focuses on important aspects of postnatal depression such as feeling of loss,fear of change,lack of support in the family and etc.She builds her book upon conversations with women she had adviced about PND.Paula Nickolson argues that in most cases PND should not be regarded as mental illness but as natural and frequent state after giving birth.Without underestimating the seriousness of depressive condition after birth,yet she manages to inspire an optimistic view.It`s a very good help book for moms suffering with PND,since it shows the deep causes of depression,helps one determine better her needs and most important,shows a way out back to normal life.
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The way a woman copes with the massive changes in her life depends to some extent upon her own expectations as a mother. Reality can be very different from the fantasies. What it boils down to is that there should be maximum support for all new mothers - whether after the birth of a first child or subsequent babies - and so this book should be a 'must read' for dads, grandparents, anyone in the caring profession, and any woman who is about to tackle the monumental task of becoming a mother.
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