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The hidden feelings of motherhood : coping with stress, depression, and burnout
Kendall-Tackett, Kathleen A.
Publication Information:
Oakland : New Harbinger Publications, [2001]

Physical Description:
xiii, 225 pages ; 25 cm
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Depression is a common occurrence in new mothers. For some, "postpartum blues" can drag on for years; for others, stress can build into total burnout. The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood takes on the dark side of being a mother and teaches ways to cope. Chapters focus on how to deal with negative birth experiences, loss of intimacy, anger and feelings of being trapped. A special section looks at mothers who survived sexual abuse.Up to 40 percent of new mothers experience depression. This book is aimed at those women, their partners and the professionals who counsel them.

Author Notes

Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett, PhD, is a psychologist, researcher and lactation consultant. An expert on postpartum depression, she has written several works, including Postpartum Depression: A Comprehensive Guide for Nurses. She speaks at lectures on a monthly basis and lives in Henniker, New Hampshire.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite the imagery from the serene, earthy Renaissance Madonna to Madonna Ciccone motherhood is not always the blissful idyll that our culture would have us believe. New mothers often feel overwhelmed and frustrated, working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for no pay and little respect. Depression is so common in mothers of infants that the American Psychological Association considers young motherhood a risk factor for depression. University of New Hampshire psychologist and postpartum depression expert Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett helps mothers explore negative feelings and cope with them in The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood: Coping with Stress, Depression and Burnout. Kendall-Tackett, who works with breastfeeding mothers, discusses anger, powerlessness, feeling trapped and the loss of intimacy with a partner. Many new mothers will welcome this empathetic, informed and constructive book. Foreword by Phyllis Klaus and Marshall H. Klaus, authors of Your Amazing Newborns. ( Aug. 15) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Recognizing that many mothers are severely strained and often clinically depressed from trying to be "perfect," health psychologist and researcher Kendall-Tackett (coauthor, Postpartum Depression) offers ways to deal with stress triggers without resorting to prescribed medications or drugs. Kendall-Tackett has worked directly with hundreds of women and offers sound advice and resources for coping with work and family challenges. Each chapter gives an overview of an issue, suggestions for self-help, and a resource list. In "Hearth and Home," the author presents an outstanding historical and cultural summary of women's work in America. Understanding these past influences can help mothers learn to react differently to their circumstances today. A refreshing look at the multiple forces that affect motherhood, this work reassures mothers that they are not alone. Very highly recommended for psychology and parenting collections in academic and public libraries. Elizabeth Goeters, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Dunwoody (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.