This book is a hands-on guide for facilitating treatment of anxiety and depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Readers will learn about why anxiety and related difficulties can increase during pregnancy and the postpartum period, the critical roles that thoughts and behaviors play in maintaining symptoms, and how to apply practical cognitive and behavioral strategies to reduce distress and increase coping skills. Chapters are integrated with the latest research, and clinicians and individuals alike are presented with customizable cognitive behavioral therapy-based handouts, exercises, and worksheets proven to meet the unique needs of the perinatal population.
"This team of expert authors has written the definitive workbook for addressing anxiety and depression during pregnancy and the postpartum. Filled with strategies drawn from research proven cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), there are loads of examples and hands-on forms to guide you through this effective program."
Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, professor of psychology and neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and editor in chief, Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
"Based on scientifically proven methods, this practical workbook provides welcome hope and support for expecting and new moms. Authored by scientist-practitioners with unique expertise in the psychology of women’s health, this is an essential guide for anyone seeking more effective ways to manage their anxiety and depression before and after the birth of a child."
David A. Moscovitch, PhD, CPsych, professor of psychology, University of Waterloo, and executive director, Centre for Mental Health Research
"Sheryl Green and colleagues have produced a comprehensive and timely guide for managing anxiety and depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period. The strategies described in the book are rooted in CBT—the most studied and well-supported psychological treatment for emotional disorders. The book provides step-by-step tools for changing the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to anxiety and depression. I recommend this guide to anyone who is struggling with anxiety and depression during pregnancy and beyond!"
Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology, Ryerson University, and author of The Anti-Anxiety Workbook and The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook
Table of Contents
Part I: Anxiety and Depression During Pregnancy and Beyond: Understanding Symptoms and the CBT Approach 1. Understanding Anxiety During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period: A Vulnerable Time 2. Depression During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period: A Common Co-Occurrence With Anxiety 3. A Cognitive Behavioral Approach for Reducing Symptoms Part II: CBT for Anxiety and Depression: A Step-By-Step Approach to Treatment 4. Increasing Your Awareness and Understanding Your Triggers5. Tackling Thinking Errors: Three Cognitive Strategies 6. Problem Solving with Productive Worry 7. Addressing Problematic Behaviors Using Therapeutic Exposure8. Behavioral Activation: Improving Mood by Changing Behavior 9. Assertive Communication: Developing Skills to Attain Your Needs 10. Moving Forward: Maintaining Gains and Managing Slips Part III: Other Approaches to Enhance Well-Being: Medication and Support 11. Choosing Among the Treatment Options for Anxiety and Depression: Considerations for Medication 12. Strengthening Your Support Network to Reduce Stress
About the Authors:
Sheryl M. Green, PhD, CPsych, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University and a clinical health psychologist in the Women’s Health Concerns Clinic and Consultation Liaison Services at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in Ontario, Canada.
Benicio N. Frey, MD, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, medical director of the Women’s Health Concerns Clinic, and academic head of the Mood Disorders Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
Eleanor Donegan, PhD, is a clinical health psychologist and research analyst at the Women's Health Concerns Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.
Randi E. McCabe, PhD, CPsych, is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. She is psychologist in chief and director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.