Sorrow's Web: Overcoming the Legacy of Maternal Depression

By: Sheffield, Anne

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Very Good Condition: Tight binding. Unmarked. Dustjacket and cover show minor visible cover wear. Black marker line on bottom outer page edges. Hardcover book with dustjacket copy of Sorrow's Web: Overcoming the Legacy of Maternal Depression by Anne Sheffield. The Free Press (Simon and Schuster), 2000. xv, 285 pages. 5-7/8 x 8-3/4 inches, 23 cm. Summary: Dealing with the pervasive problem of depression in mothers of all ages, this book explains the psychological issues and health consequences, demystifies the symptoms, and offers tools for recognizing and coping with depression's effects on children.Always! Free Standard Shipping in USA!


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Drawing on her experience of growing up with a depressed mother and then, years later, of becoming a depressed mother herself, Books for a Better Life winner Anne Sheffield casts long-overdue light on the grave threat to the health and happiness of millions of women and their children posed by maternal depression. One of every four women suffers from depression at some point in her life, often during the prime childbearing years, yet most fail to recognize the true source of their lack of joy in life and in parenting, their irritability and exhaustion, and the flawed personal relationships that characterize this common, treatable disease. With honesty and empathy, Sheffield uses her own story as a springboard to alert other mothers to the dangers their unrecognized depression holds not only for themselves, but also for their children, whose risk of developing the illness is three times higher than the risk to children of non-depressed parents. She draws on extensive research by experts in psychiatry, psychology, and child development to explain why and how children with a depressed mother may lose out on a rewarding social life, perform below their academic potential, or fall victim to substance abuse. Chapters on each age-group -- infancy and toddlerhood, school age, and adolescence -- pinpoint the symptoms and effects of a mother's depression on her children and offer advice on how to recognize these effects and so lessen or avoid them. And because depression's fallout destroys family cohesion and harmony, Sheffield draws attention to its impact on marital relations and outlines a strategy for fathers that will help them and their children weather the crisis. Thedetailed information in Sorrow's Web about how to treat depression at any period in a mother's life -- during pregnancy or following delivery, when her children are teenagers, or later in life -- will help readers of all ages choose wisely from the range of medical and psychotherapeutic options available. Sheffield offers insider tips on how to tell the difference between good and poor practitioners, how to ensure that the illness does not return, and how to recognize and respond to warning signs of depression in vulnerable children. Dedicated to the author's daughter, Sorrow's Web seamlessly weaves together real-life stories with street-smart advice. As the first book to demystify, destigmatize, and humanize a long- taboo subject, it points the way to sustaining and regaining a loving relationship between mother and child.

Title: Sorrow's Web: Overcoming the Legacy of Maternal Depression

Author/Composer: Sheffield, Anne

Categories: Self Help/Addictions,

Publisher: Free Press: 2000-10-10

ISBN Number: 0684870851

ISBN Number 13: 9780684870854

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 001790

Keywords: Literature Non Fiction, Maternal Depression, Self Help Books, Healing Women Issues, Anne Sheffield, 0684870851,