Self-Help and Treatment Guides

Bennett, S. S. (2009). Pregnant on Prozac: The essential guide to making the best decision for you and your baby. Guilford, Conn: GPP Life.

Dr. Shoshana S. Bennett holds a doctorate in Clinical Counseling and founded Postpartum Assistance for Mothers in 1987 after suffering from postpartum depression with both children. In this book, she provides accessible information about psychiatric treatments for postpartum depression. Contents include counseling, medication, natural treatments, and nutrition.


Dalfen, A., & OverDrive, Inc. (2014). When baby brings the blues: Solutions for postpartum depression. New York: HarperCollins Canada.

Author Dr. Ariel Dalfen is a perinatal psychiatrist and the Head of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Perinatal Mental Health Program in Toronto. This guide includes a postpartum depression diagnosis questionnaire, a treatment plan checklist, information about medications and side effects, daily affirmations, and further resources. This book’s intended audience is parents affected by postpartum depression, but it will be useful to bring the completed questionnaire and treatment checklist to discuss with medical and mental health providers.


Foli, K. J., & Thompson, J. R. (2004). The post-adoption blues: Overcoming the unforeseen challenges of adoption. Emmaus, PA.: Rodale.

Dr. Karen J. Foli holds a Doctorate in communications and a Master’s in nursing and is currently a senior medical writer. Dr. John R. Thompson is a board-certified psychiatrist who provides counseling to adoptive and birth parents struggling with post-adoption stress and depression. This book focuses on adoptive parents experiencing depression, and includes discussion of attachment, child health, family integration, assessment of stress and depression, and solutions for empowering parents and resolving issues and mental health needs. The authors are a married couple who have dealt with post-adoption depression themselves.


Kleiman, K. R., & Raskin, V. D. (2013). This isn’t what I expected: Overcoming postpartum depression. Boston, MA: De Capo Press.

Karen Kleiman, LCSW, has been specializing in treating postpartum depression at the Postpartum Stress Center since 1988. Valerie Davis Raskin, MD, is a psychiatrist who has worked with over 400 mothers in 20 years of practice. This is an updated edition of the 1994 book that became one of the primary sources for parents struggling with postpartum depression. This self-help guide can be used alone or with medical and/or mental health professionals, and will help parents assess and monitor symptoms, deal with stress, locate support, and evaluate treatment options.


Kleiman, K. R., & Wenzel, A. (2011). Dropping the baby and other scary thoughts: Breaking the cycle of unwanted thoughts in motherhood. New York: Routledge.

Karen Kleiman, LCSW, has been specializing in treating postpartum depression at the Postpartum Stress Center since 1988. Amy Wenzel, PhD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist who has practiced cognitive behavioral therapy for almost 20 years. This book sheds light on the scary thoughts that parents with postpartum depression often think and feel; parents will be reassured that this is a typical symptom of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. This resource will help parents assess their thoughts, determine if clinical help is indicated, and outline treatment plans.


Lara, M. A., Hubard, T. G., & Moreno, A. (2009). Despertando tu amor para recibir a tu bebé: Cómo prevenir la tristeza y la depresión en el embarazo y después del parto. México: Editorial Pax México.

Author María Asunción Lara is a doctor of medical science who teaches applied psychology. Author Teresa García Hubard is a psychotherapist. Adriana Moreno provides illustrations. With this Spanish-language handbook, parents can fill out written exercises in order to prevent, detect, and treat depression during pregnancy and after birth.


Rosenberg, R., Greening, D., & Windell, J. (2009). Conquering Postpartum Depression: A Proven Plan For Recovery. New York: Da Capo Press.

Dr. Ronald Rosenberg, PhD, is a psychiatrist and OBGYN, as well as the Founder and Director of the Michigan TMS Center for Women. Deborah Greening, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in group therapy for postpartum depression. James Windell, MA, is a psychologist who works with parents and families. Rather than the most common single-therapy approach, these authors recommend a multidisciplinary treatment plan with a postpartum depression team. This book outlines methods for assessment and various treatment options.


Venis, J.A., & McCloskey, S. (2007). Postpartum depression demystified: An essential guide to understanding and overcoming the most common complication after childbirth. New York: Marlowe and Company.

Joyce A. Venis is a psychiatric registered nurse and an expert in perinatal mood disorders for over 30 years. Suzanne McCloskey was until recently an editor of health and parenting books. Both authors have personal experience with postpartum depression. In this book, they discuss risk factors for postpartum depression and how postpartum depression affects parent-child and partner relationships. They also offer advice on diagnosis, treatment, self-care, and support. Tests and checklists may be particularly helpful for mothers wondering if they have postpartum depression; the chapter for partners may be very useful for loved ones wondering how to support the mother.


Wiegartz, P. S., & Gyoerkoe, K. L. (2009). The pregnancy & postpartum anxiety workbook: Practical skills to help you overcome anxiety, worry, panic attacks, obsessions, and compulsions. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Pamela S. Wiegartz, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and perinatal depression management. Kevin L. Gyoerkoe, PsyD, specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and codirects the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center. This workbook includes information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, exercises, and worksheets to help parents manage anxiety.

Additional Recommended Books

Clinical Point of View includes evidence-based research, case studies, and implications for patient care. These books are geared more toward providers and professionals but may be useful for patients seeking care.

Memoirs and Personal Stories include autobiographical books and edited books with the stories of several veterans of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. These books are geared more toward people suffering from postpartum depression, but may be useful for providers and professionals seeking personal narratives to enhance patient care.