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Top 10 Books About Postpartum Depression

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Updated October 17, 2012

Postpartum depression is more than just a mild case of the blues following the birth of your child. In some cases it be quite serious, creating feelings of wanting to harm yourself or your child. And, if left untreated, it can have serious consequences.

This selection of books covers the real experiences of women who have suffered from it as well as the basics of why it happens and how it can be treated.

1. Down Came The Rain : My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

What impressed me the most about Brooke's book was her frankness about feelings that many of us would be ashamed to admit.
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2. Behind the Smile : My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression

When Marie Osmond went public with her experiences with postpartum depression, the response was huge. Many women could relate to the feeling of hiding "behind the smile" while inside they were quietly suffering.
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3. This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression

A practical guide to coping with mild PPD symptoms, this book also helps you to understand when you need something more, like medication or therapy, to resolve your postpartum depression.
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4. Beyond the Blues : A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum

An easy to understand manual for understanding PPD and its treatment options.
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5. Overcoming Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

The book, written by an experienced psychiatric nurse, offers an explanation of PPD basics for those who are starting out without any prior knowledge of the condition.
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6. Drug Therapy and Postpartum Disorders

This book is included for those who have an interest in specifically learning more about drug treatment options.
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7. The Darkest Days of My Life : Stories of Postpartum Depression

Thirty-five stories of real women and their experiences with PPD.
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8. The Postpartum Husband

Your postpartum depression affects your spouse too. This book offers information and supportive advice for the partners of women with postpartum depression.
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9. The Postpartum Effect: Deadly Depression in Mothers

This book's strength lies in the fact that it opens up the difficult topic of when postpartum depression turns deadly and shows us that these mothers are victims of an illness, not criminals.
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10. Sleepless Days: One Woman's Journey Through Postpartum Depression

A touching story of a mother's conflicts and guilt over her illness and how she eventually received proper diagnosis and treatment to overcome it.
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