Down Came the Rain : My Journey Through Postpartum Depression
Down Came the Rain My Journey Through Postpartum Depression Author:Brooke Shields In this compelling memoir, Brooke Shields talks candidly about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and provides millions of women with an inspiring example of recovery. When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis, into the world, something unexpected followed-a crippling depress... more »ion. Now, for the first time ever, in Down Came the Rain, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daughter. In what is sure to strike a chord with the millions of women who suffer from depression after childbirth, America's sweetheart Brooke Shields shares how she, too, battled this debilitating condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects many new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her life, including her struggle to get pregnant, the high expectations she had for herself and that others placed on her as a new mom, and the role of her husband, friends, and family as she struggled to attain her maternal footing in the midst of a disabling depression. And, ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time. Exhibiting an informed voice and a self-deprecating sense of humor, this first memoir from a woman who has grown up before the eyes of the world is certain to attract the attention and empathy of many new mothers and fans alike.« less
This book is not what I was expecting. I was expecting this portrait of a glamorous woman who had the blues and boo-hoo-hoo. But, man, was I wrong. I don't believe everything I read, but Brooke seems like such a down-to-Earth normal person. I have never experience depression (pp or not), but I left this having a clearer understanding of what those that do go through. My heart ached for her as she went through what amounted to hell. But the breastfeeding advocate in me couldn't help but smile that she didn't give up on that too (okay, it was a small part of the story, but I cheered!). I feel like this book should be required reading for fathers-to-be though. From what I gather about PPD, the women don't always know what to do or how to ask for help. It does take someone else to recognize it - as her husband did. Good for him. Good for her. Asking for help is more difficult than admitting you need it. I loved this. It felt honest. I do wonder how she's doing today though. I don't follow too many celebrities, but I might have to cyberstalk a bit to find out a bit more ;) Seriously though, I left feeling happy for her and wanting to sit down and buy her a cup of coffee. Here's to you, Brooke - I hope the sun shines on every day.
Tom Cruise's critical comment that depression can be overcome without medication provoked me to read Brooke's words carefully. Anyone who believes that depression is something you can just 'get over' needs to read this book.
Even though depression, especially post partum depression, is no longer a phenomenon, Brooke's experience reinforces that many new mothers, fathers, family and friends are still ill-prepared to recognize the symptoms of depression and understand how serious it can be if left untreated.
This book reveals a completely different person than most of us probably think we know. Even though her book may not be written as cohesively as Michael J Fox's "Lucky Man", Brooke has deftly conveyed the darkest side of depression.
Anyone who doesn't know anything or enough about depression should read this book.
Wonderful book outlining Brooke Shields and her battle with postpartum depression. She was very brave in coming forward and discussing this hopefully creating a awareness of the severity of this illness for more women to come forward. I recommend to anyone dealing with PPD.
A very well written account of an horrendous problem. The fact that Ms. Shields is a celebrity gave "voice" to this condition. Much the same way that "Mommie Dearest" finally made the world look at child abuse. Thank you, Brooke!