The Expert Parent on postpartum depression
Depression After Delivery (DAD) This non-profit organization provides support for women with postpartum depression. The group focuses on education, information and referrals for women and their families coping with mental health issues associated with childbearing--both during pregnancy and postpartum.
Postpartum Support International This site offers a support network, information center and research guide for postpartum mood disorders and depression. You can find a support organization for moms, dad and families in your area. There are also chat rooms, links and a bookstore of related materials.
Online support group This is an online support group for mothers suffering from postpartum depression, as well as their families. The site is filled with helpful information on the symptoms and cures, advice and personal stories. Moms can join chatrooms or find therapists who specialize in this area. Especially helpful is the section of frequently asked questions and their answers written by mothers who have suffered from PPD. Questions include: What factors do you believe led to your PPD birthing experience? How did you deal with your symptoms? Did you go to therapy and did it help? Did you take medication? What books have helped you?
Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression By Marie Osmond The famous singer and TV personality shares how she overcame the fear and darkness of her depression, and in collaboration with her doctor, offers the methods she learned for treating PPD.
This Isn't What I Expected : Overcoming Postpartum Depression By Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin In this book, two doctors offer compassionate advice for women who suffer from postpartum depression. They discuss the range of postpartum mood disorders and provide information on the medical and therapy treatment options. There's a helpful chapter for fathers, too.
Bethany Kandel is the mother of two sons and the author of The Expert Parent: Everything You Need to Know From All the Experts in the Know (Pocket Books). Every week she will answer selected e-mails and help you find the answers to your parenting questions.
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