Books on Postpartum Depression & Related Illnesses

postpartum depression booksHere are some of the books I recommend for women who have postpartum depression or related illnesses like postpartum anxiety or OCD, as well as for their husbands/partners and physicians:

General Postpartum Depression

This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Raskin

A Deeper Shade of Blue by Ruta Nonacs

Beyond the Blues by Pec Indman and Shoshanna Bennett

What Am I Thinking?: Having A Baby After Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman

Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom’s Postpartum Survival Guide by Ann Dunnewold & Diane Sanford

The Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Depression Support Book by Sandra Poulin

Understanding Your Moods When You’re Expecting: Emotions Mental Health & Happiness Before, During & After Pregnancy by Lucy Puryear

Postpartum Anxiety & OCD

The Pregnancy & Postpartum Anxiety Workbook by Pamela Weigartz

Dropping the Baby & Other Scary Thoughts by Karen Kleiman

Postpartum Psychosis 

Understanding Postpartum Psychosis: A Temporary Madness by Teresa Twomey

Depression During Pregnancy (Antenatal or antepartum depression)

Pregnancy Blues: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Depression During Pregnancy

Pregnant On Prozac: The Essential Guide to Making the Best Decision for You & Your Baby by Shoshanna Bennett

For Dads

The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions For Living with Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman


Down Came the Rain by Brooke Shields

Why I Jumped by Tina Zahn

Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression by Marie Osmond

A Daughter’s Touch by Sylvia Lasalandra

It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, A Breakdown & A Much-Needed Margarita by Heather Armstrong (Dooce)

Inconsolable by Marrit Ingman


The Lifter of My Head: How God Sustained Me Through Postpartum Depression by Susan McRoberts

Living Beyond Postpartum Depression by Jerusha Clark

For Professionals

Therapy & the Postpartum Woman by Karen Kleiman

Perinatal & Postpartum Mood Disorders: Perspectives & Treatment Guide for the Healthcare Practitioner edited by Susan Dowd Stone

Motherhood & Mental Health by Ian Brockington


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  1. One of my friends just had her book published about her time with postpartum psychosis.
    Insanity’s shoes, my running trip through postpartum psychosis. Author- Angela Tompkins