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Overcoming Postnatal Depression: A Five Areas Approach

1st Edition

By Christopher Dr Williams, Roch Dr Cantwell, Karen Ms Robertson

CRC Press

392 pages

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Overcoming Postnatal Depression uses the proven and trusted five areas model of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). By bringing together specialists in postnatal depression and with the use of self-help resources, this book addresses all the common challenges faced by women during times of low mood after having had a baby.

  • CBT workbooks—easy to use, practical, photocopy them for use in your own life or job
  • Written by award-winning authors and experts
  • Proven to work—through years of research and practice
  • Step-by-step success—follow the plan, see positive results
  • Advice for friends and family—offers support

Invaluable, proven, practical, and easy-to-use workbooks for all CBT practitioners, psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists, neurologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and healthcare workers to use to help the people in their care help themselves.

A linked free online support course is located at www.livinglifetothefull.com with additional resources at www.fiveareas.com


"This book is indeed a valuable source for those working with women who experience postnatal depression."

The Psychiatrist

"The writing style is natural, informal, clear, and easy to read. … will undoubtedly provide a valued resource for a range of healthcare professionals, especially those providing care within the postnatal period. Furthermore, it would be useful for a family member or a friend who can provide support using the book as a guide."

The Practising Midwife

Table of Contents


Understanding why you feel as you do

Starting out … and how to keep going if you feel stuck

Understanding why you feel as you do

Making changes

Practical problem solving

Being assertive

Building relationships with your baby, family and friends

Information for families and friends - how can you offer the best support?

Doing things that boost how you feel

Using exercise to boost how you feel

Helpful things you do

Unhelpful things you do

Anxiety and avoidance

Noticing and changing extreme and unhelpful thinking

Overcoming sleep problems

Alcohol, drugs and your baby

Understanding and using anti-depressant medication

Planning for the future

About the Authors

Dr Chris Williams MBChB BSc MMedSc MD FRCPsych BABCP accredited CBT practitioner, Registered CBT therapist with UKCP
Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Section of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Glasgow, UK

Dr Roch Cantwell MBChB BAO FRCPsych
Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow, UK

Karen Robertson RMN, BSc PGDip in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Associate Director of Nursing in Mental Health and Learning Disability, NHS Lanarkshire, and formerly Nurse Consultant, Perinatal Mental Health, Perinatal Mental Health Service, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, UK

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Gynecology & Obstetrics
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health