Beyond the Blues
Enlightens and Reassures
Reviewer: The Rebecca Review.com
"Contrary to popular mythology, pregnancy is not
always a happy, glowing experience! Approximately 10 percent of
women experience depression. Of these, about 15 percent are so
severely depressed that they attempt suicide."
During a time when you would imagine most women would be
happy and fulfilled in their new roles as a mother, many women
experience the nightmare of postpartum depression. While many of
us have heard of postpartum depression (PPD), I was unaware of
prenatal depression. In fact, this book presents five postpartum
mood disorders that can also occur during pregnancy.
Since depression can have fatal results, it is essential to
get counseling. This book is not intended to be a replacement
for individual counseling, medical assessment or group support.
"Beyond the Blues" shows the reality of Prenatal and
Postpartum depression. It is one of the most well-organized
books I've seen on any type of depression. You can quickly
assess the condition and find help, treatment options and
The authors wrote this book to help provide critical
information to psychotherapists and clients. Shoshana S.
Bennett, Ph. D., founded "Postpartum Assistance for Mothers
in 1987" and also holds her second masters degree in
Psychology and a doctorate in Clinical Counseling. Pec Indman,
Ed.D., MFT has a doctorate in counseling and a masters degree in
Our Stories – Shoshana and Pec show how they became
aware of perinatal mood disorders. You soon realize the lack of
sensitivity out there in the "real world" and won't
believe we humans are not more nurturing. For some women,
becoming a new mom can be a shocking experience when they start
Pregnancy and Postpartum Psychiatric Illness – An
excellent chapter showing how perinatal mood disorders are
caused by hormonal changes. The authors explain a variety of
mood disorders. Some are not "considered a disorder"
but can be experienced by 80 percent of mothers. What I found
interesting was the "risk factors." PMS and PMDD are
risk factors. This chapter contains stories of women who went
through one of the mood disorders. I was shocked at how much I
didn't know about pregnancy even after reading numerous books on
Women With Postpartum Mood Disorders – Once you have
analyzed your behavior or the behavior of a friend/client, you
can then find a therapist, website information, find people to
support you, understand the value of medication and develop a
healthier lifestyle. The section on "myths" was
Partners – You will be especially encouraged by the
"What to Say, What Not to Say" comments. Learning to
be encouraging should be an essential life skill.
Siblings, Family, and Friends – A great chapter on
how you can explain this disorder to children, family and
friends. Love the list of "What you can do to help."
Health Practitioners – The authors present answers
to the questions they have been asked over the years. They deal
with signs, symptoms and treatment. This is just an excellent
chapter for doctors who are going to be asking the pertinent
questions. Later, in the Appendix, there are Medical Terms with
Treatment – Yes, there is hope. Read this chapter to
find out how you can use a combination of therapies to encourage
a more balanced mood. It was interesting to consider the
"impact of medication vs. the impact of illness." It
was very comforting to know that SSRIs or TCAs can be used
during pregnancy. This was news to me and will give you a sense
of security, especially if you have realized the risk factors
involved in getting pregnant in the first place. The authors
also discuss drugs that should not be taken during pregnancy.
You can even use sleep aids? Who knew! This was very helpful.
There are even charts showing what treatment should be used
during what stage. Doctors need this information!
Resources – A collection of websites and
organizations to help you take care of yourself and do more
research. You may also want to read additional books on this
subject. A list is provided. The book ends with a helpful index.
If you have ever been depressed, you know that sometimes just
knowing someone understands what you are going through, can be
very healing. "Beyond the Blues" is a beautiful gift
to women struggling with pregnancy-related mood disorders. This
is literally a book that could help you save your life or the
life of a woman who needs your emotional support.
Highly Recommended as essential reading for the human race!
If you know someone who is pregnant or if you are pregnant, you
should read this book. You know, I even think this book will be
helpful for anyone dealing with a situation in which they are
caring for someone experiencing depression.
Especially Recommended to:
New Moms taking charge of their health
Anyone who is considering becoming pregnant and wants to
evaluate the risk factors.
Primary Care Providers
OB/Gyns and Midwives
New Parent Group Leaders
to Do When You are Feeling Blue...