TREATING POSTNATAL DEPRESSION: A PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH FOR HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS
Reduce the symptoms of postnatal depression
Improve maternal functioning in terms of self-esteem, assertiveness and coping
Address marital and partner difficulties which often arise
Deal with parent-infant difficulties the may exist
Facilitate the use and development of existing social networks
The authors have reviewed current knowledge on postnatal depression, and given guidelines for best practice in a variety of approaches to treatment and prevention, Included is a detailed account of a tried-and-tested 10-week treatment program, together with materials and resources that a busy clinician might need to implement a similar program. Treating postnatal Depression will be a valuable resource for clinical psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, nurses, health visitors, midwives and other professionals who need to understand and deal with the emotional problems of mothers and babies.
Table of Contents:
UNDERSTANDING POSTNATAL DEPRESSION.
Postnatal Depression in the Community.
Overcoming Depression and Postnatal Depression.
Assessing Postnatal Depression and Treatment Options.
TREATING AND MANAGING POSTNATAL DEPRESSION: THE GETTING AHEAD OF POSTNATAL DEPRESSION GROUP PROGRAM.
Phase I: Behavioural Interventions.
Phase II: Cognitive Interventions.
Phase III: Relapse Prevention and Evaluation.
CLINICAL MANAGEMENT OPTIONS.
Including Infants: Baby H.U.G.S.
Individual Treatment: A Flexible Approach.
Concluding Comments on Clinical Issues.