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Understanding Postpartum Psychosis


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Threaded with in-depth stories from women who experienced postpartum psychosis - including one who committed infanticide - this unique and absorbing work offers psychological, medical, legal, and historical perspectives on this potentially deadly mental illness.

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Dedication Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Foreword Introduction Part I: Overview Ch. 1: More than Depression Ch. 2: Psychological Views Ch. 3: Postpartum Psychosis Across History and in the Media Today Ch. 4: Legal Views Part II: Stories of Recovery Ch. 5: Women Like Me, and You: Teresas Story Ch. 6: After the Manic Super Mom Period: Lauras Story Ch. 7: Two Episodes of PPP: A Story of Recovery in Five Parts, Evas Story Ch. 8: Obsessions and Delusions: Wandas Story Ch. 9: Suicidal Thoughts, an Evil Dog, and a Call to Police: Nicoles Story Ch. 10: Visions of Mother and Child Cut Up: Lisas Story Ch. 11: The Maze of Medication and Recovery: Martis Story Ch. 12: Acting Well but Wanting to Die: Sarahs Story Ch. 13: Seeing a Dagger, Hearing Voices: Taras Story Part III: Tragic Conclusions Ch. 14: Suicide: A Murderous Illness, Melanies Story Ch. 15: 90 Miles With a Dead Baby: Katherines Story Conclusion: What We Know, Dont Know, and Need to Do to Prevent Tragedy Notes Bibliography Appendix A: Resources (for further reading) Appendix B: Where to Find Help

About the Author

Teresa M. Twomey, JD is Co-Coordinator for Postpartum Support International in Connecticut. She served earlier as Coordinator for Postpartum Support International in Virginia, and as a Public Reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health. Twomey, who has been a faculty member at Longwood University in Virginia, and a Paralegal Instructor of Master Technical Institute in New Jersey, practiced law and professional mediation before experiencing postpartum psychosis herself. After her recovery, she put her law career on hold to become an advocate for women with postpartum mood disorders.Shoshana S. Bennett, licensed psychologist, founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987 after her second undiagnosed postpartum illness. Bennett is the Immediate Past President of Postpartum Support International and the past president of California's state organization Postpartum Health Alliance.

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