The following is a list of books that I have read and loved about postpartum depression and other maternal mood disorders.
Postpartum Depression for Dummies, by Dr. Shoshanna Bennett. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It helped me understand what was happening to me and gave me tons of ideas to speed my recovery.
Down Came the Rain, by Brooke Shields, was the first memoir I read about PPD. It helped me think through and process so many feelings.
Dancing On The Edge of Sanity, by Ana Clare Rouds, is a very personal and intimate look at one woman’s descent into the darkness. This book demonstrates the reason we need to be noisy and loud about maternal mood disorders and keep insisting that doctors learn more about the appropriate way to treat moms in distress.
Bottled Up, by Suzanne Barston, addresses the myths surrounding the ways we feed our babies. Breastfeeding aggravated my postpartum depression and I had to switch to formula at four months postpartum after my hospitalization. I was heartbroken. But then I read this book and realized that formula is not evil and that many of the alleged benefits of breastfeeding are unsubstantiated. This book really helped me heal and feel good about my decision to forego breastfeeding Julian.
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