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New baby and your mental health (for parents)

Three book covers side-by-side: Fathers and Perinatal Mental Health, The Happiness Trap: Stop struggling, start living, What every parent needs to know: love nurture and play with your child

Raising a family comes with all sorts of challenges, especially when a new baby joins the family. See our list below for help when things get difficult - or consult our perinatal mental health service.

One day you will feel better... Eyes without Sparkle is a powerful medical autobiography describing the journey followed by the author into, through, and out of puerperal psychosis, the most severe form of postnatal depression. With vivid and intimate descriptions of events and the author's feelings, this is the only book offering a single first-hand account of postnatal illness.

The book serves as an inspiration for anyone suffering from or involved with a depressive illness. For health and social care professionals it is a reflective guide to learning from patients' experiences, and the examples of positive and negative aspects of treatment can inform mental health services and policies.

Many women feel traumatised by childbirth, with feelings of fear, guilt, anxiety, and symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares and persistent memories of birth. This text explores how to cope with such feelings, and how to make a successful and happy adjustment to motherhood, even when it doesn't come naturally at first.

Every year 35,000 women in the UK suffer from postnatal depression. It follows that at some point further on they are likely to ask the question: 'Do I/we want another baby?'. This guide supports parents and professionals in that decision making process, and in planning for another pregnancy and the postnatal period if the decision is yes. It also considers the implications of deciding not to have another child.

Laura Dockrill had an idyllic pregnancy and couldn't wait to meet her new baby. But as she went into labour things began to go wrong and Laura started to struggle. A traumatic birth, anxiety about the baby, sleep deprivation, a slow recovery - all these things piled up until Laura felt overwhelmed. As many as 8 out of 10 new mums struggle in the weeks after birth.

In Laura's case these feelings escalated scarily quickly into post-partum psychosis. She became paranoid and delusional and had to be institutionalised for a fortnight without her baby. Throughout this time she was haunted by a sense of: 'What have I done?'. Laura's experience was devastating but this is a hopeful book. Not only has Laura slowly recovered she has come out the other side stronger and more assured about parenting on her own terms.

It is only in recent years that there has been development in the awareness of the father's mental health. Yet, the father's mental health can influence the mother, the infant, the family and society. This book seeks to address the reasons why the father or the potential father could suffer from a mental disorder or illness during the perinatal period, his reactions, and what can be done to help him.

Dr Russ Harris reveals how millions of people are unwittingly caught in 'The Happiness Trap', where the more they strive for happiness the more they suffer in the long term. He then provides an effective means to escape through a groundbreaking new approach based on mindfulness skills.

In this fully revised and updated edition, Dr Gillian Butler provides a practical, easy-to-use self-help course which will be invaluable for those suffering from all degrees of social anxiety. These self-help guides use effective therapeutic techniques to treat long-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. Many guides in this series are recommended by the UK Department of Health under the Books on Prescription scheme.

It is well-known that having a baby can be a time of joy but also one of anxiety and even depression for new mothers. Indeed it is very common for new mothers to experience a short period of distress following childbirth, often referred to as 'baby blues'.

Usually this passes quite quickly, however for more than 1 in 10 women, this distressing experience can be more prolonged. This practical self-help book helps women to recognise some of the symptoms and, where appropriate, to normalise them, thereby alleviating their distress.

Are you plagued by obsessive thoughts, rituals or routines? Would you like to regain control over your behaviour and cast your fears aside? This practical guide, written by three leading cognitive behavioural therapy experts, enables you to make sense of your symptoms, and gives a simple plan to help you conquer OCD.