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The Goat writes, "Some books have made a huge impact on my life." It's true. It wasn't until the b3ta mods read the Flashman novels that we changed from mild-mannered computer operators into heavily-whiskered copulators, poltroons and all round bastards in a well-known cavalry regiment.

What books have changed the way you think, the way you live, or just gave you a rollicking good time?

Friendly hint: A bit of background rather than just a bunch of book titles would make your stories more readable

(, Thu 15 May 2008, 15:11)
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Surviving Post-Natal Depression: At Home No One Hears You Scream
I had rather a crappy experience during labour and both me and my son nearly died. I didn't get to hold him till he was almost a week old and i felt like i hadn't bonded with him. This led on to extreme feelings of helplessness and inadequacy followed by lots of time spent crying my eyes out. It was the first time i felt unable to talk to my partner - who wants to admit to less than fluffy feelings about their beautiful new baby.

I had an idea of what i was suffering from but felt too ashamed to talk to anyone about it so i got myself a book and read it on the sly. I finally felt that i wasn't alone and that things might not be like this forever. It gave me the courage to talk to my partner and after a stint in counselling and a course of anti-depressants i was finally able to take joy in my son. It still rears it's head from time to time but now i know i can cope and i always turn to this book for support.

Mumsnet, not a book i know, but this also helped loads, being able to talk to people that had come out the other side was a real help.
(, Tue 20 May 2008, 17:11, 2 replies)
PND sucks
My wife had it twice (similar situation to yours the first time round). Thankfully it hasn't stopped her being a wonderful mum, although it looked ropey for a while there. I admire anyone who can get through that kind of hell. Psychoactive drugs rule!
(, Tue 20 May 2008, 18:25, closed)
Well done on coming through
I watched my aunt go through very bad PND - she ended up as an inpatient - and it scared the poop out of me while I was pregnant.

I had my other half primed on what to look out for but thankfully other than the usual blues got through okay.

Keep fighting it!
(, Tue 20 May 2008, 19:08, closed)

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