Beyond the Baby Blues: Anxiety and Depression During and After Pregnancy

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Most people have heard of post-partum depression. What many people don’t know is that anxiety and depression can be experienced during pregnancy as well. This book is a unique combination of one woman’s story of her struggle with perinatal distress and actionable advice from a professional in the field. Rebecca Fox Starr shares her personal story of marriage, motherhood, prenatal anxiety and depression, severe postpartum anxiety and depression, recovery process and hope for the future. Woven throughout the narrative, Dr. Amy Wenzel, a specialist in the field of Perinatal Mood Disorders, provides readers with clinical information and advice, addressing risk factors, warning signs, definitions and recovery options. Stories from other women who experienced prenatal anxiety or depression are included as well. No longer do women have to suffer in silence, question their mental symptoms, or try to quash their feelings. Here, readers will see themselves and understand that the devastating effects of prenatal and post-partum depression can be confirmed, treated, and kept under control.