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Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of New Mothers

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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2019 by Familius
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Jen Schwartz
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In an often unrecognized reality where 1 in 7 new moms are affected by mental health issues, Karen Kleiman’s new book, Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts, with powerful, pervasive cartoons illustrated by Molly McIntyre, should be required reading for moms and every single person who associated with them--friends of moms, family members of moms especially her own mom and mother-in-law, pediatricians, OBs, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, etc. should be well-versed in the types of scary thoughts a ...more
Michelle Gray
I am so glad I read this book. Hospitals should be passing it out to all new parents!
Octopodey
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish I'd had this book postpartum. It's still good to read now, both personally and of course professionally. I have seen the cartoons circling the internet and I'm grateful there's an awareness campaign regarding postpartum depression and anxiety. It's an important topic not addressed sufficiently and definitely not in sufficient detail (the anxiety part is so important!) in our society so I'm happy to see it presented in an accessible format.

One of my complaints is that it's pretty hetero- a
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Nani
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ich wünschte, dieses Buch hätte es schon vor ein paar Jahren gegeben. Als frisch gebackene Mama hätte ich mich nicht so allein und abnormal gefühlt, hätte vielleicht schneller die Kraft gehabt, mir wichtige Hilfe zu holen. Aber auch jetzt tut dieses Buch einfach gut und ich hoffe sehr, es wird auch noch auf Deutsch veröffentlicht inklusive der Kontaktdaten von professionellen Anlaufstellen im deutschsprachigen Raum.
Hanna
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, rtc, nonfiction
Got an ARC from Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own.

But mothers do have these thoughts. Good mothers. Scary thoughts erupt without warning and terrorize this sacred space between new mother and her baby. It’s no wonder mothers have been reluctant to disclose these thoughts, even to loved ones, leaving them to collapse alone in disgrace with no safe place to fall.

That paragraph alone pretty much sums up my life as a mother. I got three kids before I learned to deal with myself, to cut some slack t
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Ellen Scheid
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me feel more human than I have felt in the last ten months of being a new mother. Thank you! <3
chelka
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You are seen. You are heard. You are enough. You are loved. You are not a bad mom--just a good mom having a bad day.

This is the most perfect momming book I've ever seen, and I wish it had been around after I had both of my kids. I've lived with depression for the majority of my life, and it certainly made the journey into new motherhood that much harder. I still struggle with these things now that my kids are a few years older. Knowing that my thoughts and feelings were/are NORMAL is so importa
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Joy Johnson
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great for new parents. This graphic novel is so much more than a comic depiction of new mothers. It offers an explanation of the different emotions and suggestions to help understand and deal with them. The author and illustrator do a good job of characterizing new mom responses to inquiries and offers of help, and what she is actually thinking. It has been many years since I have had a newborn, in fact there were four under the age of seven for a time. I can totally relate and recommend this fo ...more
Rachel G
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
This book should be handed out to all new moms at the hospital even if you’re not prone to PPD/PPA/etc. This book makes you feel seen in your parenting struggles and can assist you in deciding if you need further help if you’re struggling too much. I love that it has illustrations on each page too because the book is readable in under 2 hours - after all what new mom has time to read a book longer than that??
Kate
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Karen takes clinical knowledge and adds doses of understanding, humor, wit, and RESOURCES to empower people to pull themselves out of the perceived isolation of scary thoughts. Molly's comics are thoughtfully drawn and capture true emotion. The #speakthesecret campaign reaches thousands of new moms, and the community and dialogue around these comics touches my heart. This book changes lives.
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Karen Kleiman is well known as an international expert on postpartum depression. Her work has been featured on the Internet and within the mental health community for decades. In 1988, Karen founded The Postpartum Stress Center, LLC, a treatment and training facility for prenatal and postpartum depression/anxiety disorders where she treats individuals and couples experiencing perinatal mood & ...more