It is estimated that between 10% - 25% of women will experience postnatal depression in the first six months following childbirth. However, that rate may in fact be much higher than this because many women either are never assessed for postnatal depression or don't seek treatment.
Postnatal depression and resulting difficulties in baby bonding can understandably cause enormous distress to new mothers. The fear of having their baby removed from their care should they admit to struggling emotionally after their child is born will exacerbate postnatal depression, causing new mothers to struggle to cope on their own. This is of course often made worse by the belief that those around them expect them to be overjoyed at having a new baby.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), on which this self-help book is based, has been found to be a highly effective treatment for postnatal depression. This self-help title is written by two of the world's leading authorities in the treatment of this illness with many years' experience between them.
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