1st Edition

Overcoming Postnatal Depression: A Five Areas Approach

    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


    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


    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

    "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