An award winning reporter for the Washington Post Tracy Thompson was thirty four when she was hospitalized and put on suicide watch during a major depressive episode This event the culmination of than twenty years of silent suffering became the point of departure for an in depth groundbreaking book on depression and her struggle with the disease The Beast shattered stereotypes and inspired countless readers to confront their own battles with mental illness Having written that book and having found the security of a happy marriage Thompson assumed that she had learned to manage her illness But when she took on one of the most emotionally demanding jobs of all—being a mother—depression returned with fresh vengeanceVery quickly Thompson realized that virtually everything she had learned up to then about dealing with depression was now either inadequate or useless In fact maternal depression was a different beast altogether She tackled her problem head on meticulously investigating the latest scientific research and collecting the stories of nearly 400 mothers with depression What she found was startling a problem widespread than she or any other mother struggling alone with this affliction could have imagined Women make up nearly 12 million of the 19 million Americans affected by depression every year experiencing episodes at nearly twice the rate that men do Women suffer most frequently between the ages of twenty five and forty four—not coincidentally the primary childbearing yearsThe Ghost in the House the result of Thompson's extensive studies is the first book to address maternal depression as a lifelong illness that can have profound ramifications for mother and child A striking blend of memoir and journalism here is an invaluable resource for the millions of women who are white knuckling their way through what should be the most satisfying years of their lives Thompson offers her readers a concise summary of the cutting edge research in this field deftly written prose and above all hope


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    This book was just what I needed Tracy Thompson is a journalist She is also a daughter a wife and a mother She has been all of these things successfully despite living and struggling with crippling depression and anxiety In her second book a follow up to her memoir detailing her battle to learn to live with her disease Thompson has examined the effect of motherhood on depression She surveyed and interviewed hundreds of women narrowing it down from thousands of responses and in the Ghost in the House presents the information she learned from these women history and science Only recently has depression and in particular post partum depression begun to be accepted as a real problem However Thompson contends that it is even worse than that Post partum depression is usually defined as the onset of depression in the year following the birth of child and tends to be attributed to the extreme changes and fluctuations in hormones But what if there is something what if depression is something that continues to linger crippling a woman's ability to be a mother The author calls this maternal depression From my experience she is spot on the money What started for me as PPD has morphed into a depression that hasn't abated These should be years that I cherish raising my three young boys lucky enough to be able to stay home and watch them grow up Instead I struggle to get out of bed in the morning scream cry throw things and isolate myself I hate myself for feeling this way and yet I'm powerless to stop it What this book did for me though was to show me that I'm not alone Unfortunately it has also taught me that my children are at a very high risk for inheriting my disease and behaviors I'm only the latest in a long history of depressed women in my family and I already see my oldest beginning to fall prey to the same beast Thankfully this book also shows me that I can live with this I can change turn things around for me and my kids My only complaint is that I wish this book offered other solutions besides anti depressants therapy and friendship Yes I know that this is the best way for many to solve their problems but I also feel like there should be resources available Forcing yourself to go make friends when you can barely get out of bed in the morning is nearly impossible Therapy and medication can be cost prohibitive for many I just feel like there is something and because she seemed to gloss over the solutions focusing instead on the problem this information seemed to be lacking