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Day Six : When Motherhood and Madness Collide - Jen Wight

Day Six

When Motherhood and Madness Collide

By: Jen Wight

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Day Six is a story of one of the roughest introductions to motherhood you can imagine. Jen Wight breaks the taboo around mental ill health to honestly recount her experience of developing post partum psychosis and then severe post natal depression. She tells the tales of being convinced that she was Cameron Diaz; that she and Obama were going to use FaceBook to save the world; and that she was going to cure cerebral palsy with dental floss. One scary night she experiences regressing back through her 'past lives' to become a sixties housewife, an aboriginal woman living when Cook first sailed through The Heads into Sydney Harbour, and finally the first chimpanzee to communicate with words. And it all started on Day Six of her son's life. She uses her experiences to explore her relationship with her sister who has schizophrenia and to illustrate that while mental illness can be devastating, there is hope that things can get better. About the author Jen Wight is an author, writer, charity fundraiser and photographer. She currently works for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and has raised millions of dollars for social justice causes since starting her fundraising career in 2002. Jen was the city editor for the 2009 'Not for Tourists' London guide (NFT) and she wrote a regular column for N16 Magazine. She has contributed reviews for London, Hong Kong and Sydney for travel website www.wcities.com; written features for Time Out Sydney, Third Sector and Wed; reviews for www.viewlondon.com, Big Screen Magazine and Cornish World; travel pieces for www.expeditioner.com; and profiles for Friction Climbing Magazine. Jen hales from Hackney in east London and lives in Fairlight, Sydney with her son, husband and their imaginary dog, Fart.

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A must read

5

This is information everyone should know about. Having a baby is beautiful and wonderful but this book informs and reminds us to always care for our mental helath. Always be PND aware.

Sydney

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Amazing read

5

This is a brilliantly written recount of Post Natal Psychosis and Post Natal Depression. This is a great mental health education benefits and will help break down the stigma associated with this illnesses. Thank you Jen.

Sydney

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Shining a light..

5

I could not put this book down. Though I haven't had children of my own, I have experienced mental illness, and Jen's sharing of her trauma was a welcome light in a very dark place.

Sydney

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A story of hope for mothers

5

Although a story of post-natal mental health, it is a book that is universal in its story of disaster striking at the worst time, and how adversity was overcome. It's also funnily enough very funny. It's a serious topic, but it's an easily read book that has some lessons for each and all.

Sydney, NSW

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Exquisite in its agony and joy

4

We have all heard of post-natal depression in our ante-natal classes, parenting guides and in hushed tones at playgroup, but imagine something 10,000 times worse. I picked this book up at the beginning of a weekend and read it in two straight stretches. It is riveting. Jen Wight's descent into postpartum psychosis, then post-natal depression, is written with clarity, honesty and humour. Every mother can identify with a few tiny elements of her journey, which makes the full account even more terrifying. It is a beautifully written story which never loses sight of the crucial role of her wonderful husband, The Norwegian, and her beautiful baby, The Boy. The insights Jen shares about her sister, who has lived with mental illness for many years, left me aching for them both. Jen finally crosses the divide into the light and describes just how this was achieved. This book is a gift to all prospective parents and grandparents.

Sydney

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ISBN: 9780987209979
ISBN-10: 0987209973
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 11th September 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.25