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on 7 April 2002
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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on 28 September 2003
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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on 3 August 2006
I have suffered with PND & did not find this book helpful in the slightest. I found it did not address any of the issues in the title. I think the book is over-analytical and it criticises others' writings on the illness. It did not answer any questions that I had. I would rather stick pins in my eyes than read this book again.
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on 11 February 2002
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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on 28 March 2013
Very misleading title as the author is not Dorothy Rowe,but a psychologist. The author gives a good and 'down to earth' outline of the effects of depression in the post natal period,and it confirmed the experiences of many people I've met. The author is highly critical of all health personnel however, and fails to fully realise the social aspects of an illness which is a product of society,as well as a significant and serious experience for the individuals who suffer it. No discussion is given about the possible resolution of depression, and it's enrichment of the life of the psyche if traversed successfully.
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on 4 February 2016
Great book!
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