One of every four women suffers from depression at some point in her life, often during the prime childbearing years, yet most fail to recognize the telltale signs of this common, treatable illness and its potentially negative effects on the children of all ages. Drawing on her experience as both a child of a depressed mother and as a depressed mother herself, as well as on extensive research by experts in psychiatry, psychology, and child development, Books for a Better Life award winner Anne Sheffield offers advice on how to: recognize the symptoms of depression and protect children from their impact choose among the range of medical and psychotherapeutic options available outline a strategy for fathers that will help them and the marriage weather the crisis ensure that the illness does not return
As the first book to demystify, destigmatize, and humanize a long-taboo subject, "Sorrow's Web" points the way to sustaining and regaining a loving relationship between mother and child.
William Beardslee, M.D. Gardner Monks Professor of Child Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Offers important help to depressed mothers....She has beautifully and eloquently captured recent advances in the study of depression and provides vital practical advice for both sufferers and those around them. Peter S. Jensen, M.D. Ruane Professor of Child Psychiatry and Director, Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health, Columbia University A remarkable book based on careful research. Going beyond simple "feel good" solutions, Sorrow's Web's message is skillfully couched in elegant prose and poignant personal history. Highly recommended for depressed parents, child "survivors," and professionals alike. Martha Manning author of Undercurrents With equal compassion for mothers and children, Sheffield integrates research with riveting interviews, which makes for a compelling read....A hopeful book and a rallying cry for early intervention.