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Behind the Smile: My Journey out of Postpartum Depression

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  304 ratings  ·  46 reviews
More than one out of 10 new mothers experience post-partum depression (PPD), yet few women seek help. After Marie Osmond, beloved singer and TV talk show host, gave birth to her seventh child (four of her children are adopted), she became increasingly depressed. One night, she handed over her bank card to her babysitter, got in her car, and drove north-with no intention of ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2001)
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I have a hard time giving memoirs 1 or 2 star ratings. It always feels like I'm giving the person themselves the rating- but that's not the case. It's the story that's getting the review. A wonderful person with incredible experiences can tell a story well- or not.

So. I think Marie Osmond is a great person and I am so glad that she talked to Oprah about PPD and helped increase awareness of the disease.

But this book isn't a winner. There's some funny humor sprinkled here and there. A peek at the
Good glimpse into Marie's PPD. At first I was frustrated with how much background information there was compared with her descriptions of journeying out of it. BUT I am realizing that background information- and events and other stuff before the delivery play a HUGE part in PPD. I'd like to see a PPD book that has more information about how someone worked their way out of it more. This was helpful though.
Good information about PPD, especially the last section written by Marie's doctor. Otherwise it is a jumbled memoir of Marie's life. This is definitely a topic that needs to be out in the open and discussed more among women. Been there, done that (doing it...) with PPD, I hope it is something I can help support friends with in the future.
Leslie Arno
This book made me angry and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who was actually suffering from post-partum depression. It was funny, and I think humor is a a good coping mechanism, but I was left with the message that Marie Osmond would have never been able to survive her ordeal if it hadn't been for her nanny, housekeeper, personal physician that traveled with her, etc. This left me feeling hopeless during the most difficult time of my life! I was deep in post-partum depression, and I didn't und ...more
I read Marie Osmond's second book a couple of years ago and found it a somewhat quick and interesting read so picked this book up at a thrift store when I found it a few months later. This book, her first, written in 2000 deals mostly with her last preganancy and the subsequent post-partum depression. Her account of what happened in her life at that time and how she overcame the depression is interesting, but what I found really helpful was the last sixty pages or so of the book, which was writt ...more
Okay, I'll admit I have a bit of a fascination with the Osmond family. They have talent and faith, and are a big, happy, close family. I remembered that Marie had written this book when I was reading something about her in a recent newspaper, and I decided to read it, not only because I was interested in her journey, but also because I have struggled with some form of postpartum depression a few times myself. I appreciated Marie's candid description of her struggle, as well as the factors that c ...more
Marie Osmond is so cheerful and funky, not to mention so busy and successful in a myriad of activities that it is hard to imagine her falling into such a serious depression that she sinks into a closet and cries in despair, then hops into a car and drives purposelessly up the California coast for hours on end
Her story, chronicled so honestly in this narrative, sheds some light on how even the most beautiful and successful people--those who truly "have it all"--can fall victim to debiltating me
Having struggled with PPD after my last child's birth I looked for something I might read to give me some comfort. I can't say I learned anything I didn't know already but I found it wonderful to relate. The thing I liked most about it is the great way she was able to describe the feelings attached with PPD. I would try to convey to family and friends what I was going through when they asked and could not seem to make it understandable. I reverted to reading them a paragraph or sentence out of h ...more
I like Marie Osmond pretty well and enjoyed hearing reading this autobiography. She has a sense of humor, so her story was funny despite the somber topic. I think it was good for me to gain more of an understanding about postpartum depression. New moms need so much support, and it’s funny how just some companionship, help, and permission to “take it easy” can thwart this type of depression.

I debated whether I should even read the last part of the book, which was written more like a research gui
My mom gave this to me when I crashed with post-partum depression. It actually cheered me up because I thought, If someone with two nannies, an assistant and a housekeeper can freak out, why then, I don't feel as ridiculous! To be honest, though, the book is a big catalog of Marie's complaints: she gained too much weight, couldn't lose it, her husband was always gone, no one understood her, sniff sniff. The real problem here, I thought, was that she never told anyone how she felt . . . ever, unt ...more
Sera Goldsmith
This was a great book. It was really interesting to learn about what the behind-the-scenes parts of Marie's life were as a child star, and seeing how those affected her as she grew up. I felt like her account of her battle with postpartum depression was very brave, and I loved the fact that she is an advocate for getting the word out about PPD and breaking the silence. Another thing I liked about the book was the input from her doctor from a medical standpoint. The one thing that didn't impress ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I didn't struggle with Postpartum Depression after either of my pregnancies, but I still found that I could relate to Marie's story. So often women struggle with keeping it all together and we try and do it ourselves. And, unfortunately for Marie, she was raised with the ideas of "grin and bear it" and "the show must go on at the expense of yourself". Whether you struggle with diagnosed depression or not, that attitude is not healthy. There is nothing wrong with talking about our fears and issue ...more
Dianalyn Smith
We never know what goes on in someone's life. Never judge someone based on the outside or what society has made them to look like, or your preconceived ideas. This biography of Marie Osmond was so touching and personal that it was like talking to your best friend. She made me feel like I was not alone in my feeling. She is not just a super-star, public figure, but a human being, a normal woman with real issues, and has real feelings and can suffer a broken heart just like all of us. Postpartum D ...more
Tamara Blackhurst
I got this book when Scott worked for Vromans in Pasadena, CA. Marie Osmond had a book signing, so naturally I went to meet her and get a book sign. I read this book in about 3 days. Comming from a family full of deprested women I am greatful I have not struggled with any serious depression. I found this book to be very depressing, and I found myself searching for all the misguided bad stuff in my life. Once I put the book down I never pick it up again. Even Scoot mentioned that I had been more ...more
Jan 10, 2009 Crystal rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women and husbands
Shelves: self-help
VERY important subject. I can definitely relate to feeling alone, and thinking no one else is going through PPD. Mine wasn't too bad, or very long-lasting. Only reason it gets 3 stars is because I don't think it is very cohesive. Each chapter is all over the map, and I'd like to give Marie some pointers on topic sentences, main ideas, and supporting details. Could have been written better. But the stories touch my heart and reassure me that I'm not crazy or alone.
To anyone who has gone through post partum depression I highly recommend this book. Having gone through PPD after my 3rd child, it's not something I was comfortable talking about with very many people, and this book really helped. I really liked the nutritional/medical advice her holistic doctor recommends at the end of the book. It's all about taking care of yourself, and making yourself well so that you can be the best mom you can be.
I'm a sucker for a good biography, I read this years before I had kids, and found it enlightening to the realness of postpartum depression, I think everyone that has kids should read it just so we are more sensitive to women and the changes that occur to womens lives after they have kids. Plus she lives in Utah, Why not read it.
I really like this book just because her personality really comes through. Also, I learned a lot from it! I didn't know that so many women have this at some point in their childbearing lives (I think it was like 10%). I would recommend it if anyone is interested. It is a really easy read.
Dianne Oliver
Not a classic, but for anyone who has suffered through horrible depression you may find good info in the drs section in the back, and find a kindred spirit within this woman's journey. She is easy to like, humorous and real. If you haven't been in the pit, it may not hold your attention.
Lisa Gregor
Wacky hormones and everyday stress can definitely play havoc in one’s life. Never went through PPD but currently dealing (or not dealing) with menopause and its ups and downs. Good read for busy, overworked and stressed-out women (covers most of us, doesn’t it?).
Love me some Marie.

Gosh if I would've thought to read again after either or both of my kids, that would've been helpful. PPD is no joke, and can wreak havoc on one's spirit and soul, and bless her sweet heart for speaking out honestly about it. I adore Marie.
Even a child performer as protected as Marie Osmond fell victim to sexual abuse. This history along with an overfull schedule of business and entertainment ventures together with 7 children led to a serious bout with PPD. No surprise there.
this was a very interesting book. I picked it to read because I have a daughter that has postpartum depression. I am still not sure if I would reccomend this book to her. Currently my husband Scott has picked it up and started to read it too.
I loved this book. Compared to Brooke Shields book which I did not like. Marie talks alot of her experience with postpartum depression, but also about taking care of yourself first and how important that is.
The stories of her show biz experiences were great but her personal life was very sad to me. Where was her husband in all this?! I thought the Dr. Moore section was helpful with its specifics.
This book helped me discover my postpartum after my miscarriage. As I read, I was able to discover certain feelings/emotions that I was unable to identify prior to reading the book.
I was aware of postpartum depression before I read this book. But to be honest, I didn't realize that it could get this bad. Good for women in their child bearing years to read.
Misty Lynne
I struggled with this problem after my 3rd baby. Since I really didn't want to talk about it much, I bought this book hoping it would give me someone to relate to and it did.
Carolina Ramirez
i really liked this book, because it showes that all people have problems and showed how she learned to face hers. i read this book a while ago, so i dont remember details...
blew me away that the ever-smiling, enthusiastic, gorgous, marie osmond struggled so much. i'm such an osmond fan. interesting and insightful reading.
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Olive Marie Osmond is an American singer, actress, doll designer, and a member of the show business family The Osmonds. Although she was never part of her family's singing group, she gained success as a solo country music artist in the 1970s and 1980s. Her best known song is a cover of the country pop ballad "Paper Roses." From 1976 to 1979, she and her singer brother Donny Osmond hosted the TV va ...more
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