Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood
By: Karen Kleiman, MSW and Amy Wenzel, PhD

Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts: Breaking the Cycle of Unwanted Thoughts in Motherhood addresses the nature of the intrusive, negative, and anxious thoughts pregnant and postpartum women can experience. It provides answers to the women who seek information, clarification, and validation and is a useful resource for healthcare professionals who work with them. It is a resource for consumers and clinicians who must confront these negative cognitions by outlining what these thoughts are, why they are there, and what can be done about them. The compassionate tone of the book will be a voice that is familiar to many women in the postpartum community, and is written by two clinicians who have established themselves as leading experts and authors in this specialized field.

Table of Contents

Part I: What’s Going On.

  • A Mother’s Anxiety.
  • A Closer Look.
  • Why am I Having Scary Thoughts?

Part II: Clinicial Concerns.

  • How Do You Know if You Need Help?
  • Barriers to Relief.
  • Screening for Scary Thoughts.

Part III: Breaking the Cycle of Scary Thoughts.

  • Things You Can Do to Feel Better.
  • Can You Really Change How You Think?
  • Professional Treatment Options.
  • How Others Can Help.
  • Your Personal Treatment Plan.
  • Living with Uncertainty.
  • Barsky, Afterword.

Author Biography

Karen Kleiman, MSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and founder and director of The Postpartum Stress Center. She is the author of several books on postpartum depression, and an internationally recognized expert on the subject. In addition to her clinical practice, Karen teaches a specialized post-graduate course for clinicians, providing training programs for healthcare professionals and mentoring opportunities for therapists who wish to specialize in the treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Amy Wenzel, PhD, is author and editor of many books on topics such as cognitive therapy, cognitive research methods, and close relationships. Her areas of research and clinical expertise and in perinatal anxiety disorders, interpersonal functioning in anxiety disorders, suicide prevention, and cognitive therapy. She is founder of the Hope & Resiliency Clinic, and lectures nationally on issues relevant to mental health and psychotherapy. She currently divides her time between scholarly research, training and consultation, and clinical practice.

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