Antidepressants today top the list of drugs prescribed to women. But what happens when you add pregnancy into the mix? Pregnant on Prozac is the first guide to separate the myths from the facts. Taking a pull-no-punches, prescriptive approach, it clearly spells out not only the possible risks of antidepressant use--whether it be Prozac, Wellbutrin, or any of the host of other drugs--by hopeful mothers but also the lesser-known yet serious risks to both fetus and mother from untreated depression. Shoshana Bennett answers such questions as: Does the media exaggerate the risk? What of options such as tapering the dose? What alternatives are worth pursuing? Most importantly, she empowers each woman with the knowledge to make the best decision for her. Pregnant on Prozac is a must-have for any prospective mother who has experienced depression or anxiety as well as anyone with a friend or loved one in this situation.
Dr. Shoshana Bennett is a clinical psychologist and the founder of Postpartum Assistance for Mothers, which she started in 1987 after her second undiagnosed postpartum illness. She is the immediate past president of Postpartum Support International and a past president of California's Postpartum Health Alliance. Dr. Bennett is a noted guest lecturer, traveling extensively throughout the country presenting keynote addresses at conferences, training medical and mental health practioners, and leading workshops for all those helping pregnant and postpartum women. Her work has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Self magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Glamour, and Psychology today. She has also been a featured guest on national radio and television shows, including ABC's 20/20. Dr. Bennett is the author of two previous books: Beyond the Blues: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Prenatal and Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Depression for Dummies. She lives in San Ramon, California. The author's website is www.drshosh.com.
Dr. Shoshana Bennett is a gifted author, with a talent for delivering crucial information about depression and its treatment in a way that is easy to understand. Her book provides a navigation tool for women with depression to enter motherhood well educated and empowered about what they can do to help themselves and to get the help they need from others.”
Marlene P. Freeman, MD, Director of the Women’s Mental Health Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center