Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

by Brooke Shields

Paperback, 2006




Hachette Books (2006), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages


Family & Relationships. Health & Fitness. Psychology. Nonfiction. HTML:In this compelling memoir, Brooke Shields talks candidly about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, and provides millions of women with an inspiring example of recovery. When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter, Rowan Francis, into the world, something unexpected followed�??a crippling depression. Now, for the first time ever, in Down Came the Rain, Brooke talks about the trials, tribulations, and finally the triumphs that occurred before, during, and after the birth of her daught


(81 ratings; 3.4)

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LibraryThing member chloboreading
I liked that she did not come across as a whiny, spoiled celebrity.
LibraryThing member the_hag
You know…for all my recent thoughts on not always enjoying being a mother, this is one problem I never experienced at all, and I know it happens more often than anyone wants to admit…and of course I just had to read it since Tom Cruise criticized her for taking medication and for seeking
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psychiatric help. I think it takes a great deal of courage to discuss any type of depression in such a candid and honest way. I can’t say I totally enjoyed the book, because I’m not a celebrity news whore, but it is an is interesting as a account of one woman’s experience with postpartum depression and how she came through it (and I suppose it must have all worked out ok, since she had another baby after all that). An ok and short read, I don’t know that I would recommend this, as I’m sure there are “normal person” accounts of postpartum depression that would be more helpful and portray how “everyday” people have coped with this issue…not all of us can afford two households, have dozens upon dozens of friends to help, and/or can afford to hire baby nurses…but I do think in it’s a good idea in terms of a famous and respected person coming forward with an account and making the issue more public.
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LibraryThing member lorireed
"For me, becoming a mother also means that I feel happier than I could imagine and more sad than I thought possible. None of this indicates that I am crazy or in any way abnormal. Basically I am just more alive and present in my own life than I ever remember being." Shields

In her autobiography Down
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Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression, Brooke Shields describes the difficulties she and her husband had conceiving a child, the many failed in-vitro fertilization attempts, a horribly painful miscarriage, and the unplanned emergency c-section she underwent. After years of yearning for a child and struggling with infertility, Shields finally brought home a beautiful baby girl only to discover that she had walked into her own horror movie and she was the star. This is a touching memoir of how Shields came to terms with her depression and how she pulled herself out of it. The story is inspiring and reassuring to anyone who has ever been through or knows anyone who has suffered from postpartum depression.

p.s. I have to add that this book is what made me get help for PPD and I am so very thankful that Shields came forward with her story--and luckily just in time for me to get the help I needed.
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LibraryThing member yayasbooks
This book is one of my favorite books of all time. Brooke Shields describes her postpartum experience after having her first born- expecting to be over joyed of having the baby she always wanted, she was instead faced with overcoming postpartum depression. I had postpartum depression after having
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both my babies and this book was a really informative eye opening experience. The emotions Brooke Shields describes in the book are very raw and accurate. This book also provides the reader with hope that there is healing to postpartum depression.
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LibraryThing member mtrumbo
The two star rating is not a judgement on Brooke Shields or what she went through. The two stars are directed towards her editor(s). She is obviously not a writer and this book could have been much better with some word tweaking and direction.
LibraryThing member steadfastreader
This is a quick read. The writing is a bit simplistic, but the intentions are fantastic and I love that it brings mental disorders (Post partum depression (PPD), specifically) front and center. I like that Brooke Shields as a celebrity was willing to share just how hard it was to cope with the
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(common!) depression that she had after giving birth.

In the book she continually reiterates that there is no one to blame for PPD and just because no one talks about it, it's nothing to be ashamed of, ,doesn't mean that it's not real and more importantly, treatable.

As far as a mother I had a hard time relating to the book, as I had no trouble conceiving (she speaks of her battle with getting pregnant and in vitro fertilization). I did not experience PPD (probably because I remained on my psycho-tropic medications through my pregnancy). Also, I did not experience the guilt of going back to 'work' (school in my case). Additionally, I was very well educated on PPD and medications related to it because of my previous battles with depression. But she talks of all these things candidly and encourages mothers that the feelings are normal and there is no shame in getting help - in fact getting help is the best thing that you can do for your new baby and family.

Great message.
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LibraryThing member campingmomma
I really enjoyed the story behind Brooke's book, but did not enjoy the writing as much. The writing left something to be desired, but Brooke's story did not. This is the story of her battle with post partum depression and a graphic one it was at that. As someone who suffered from post partum
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depression and continues to suffer from acute depression I have to say that what Brooke describes is all to realistic and it is harrowing that she does so.
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LibraryThing member VhartPowers
The author's experience with postpartum depression. Very blunt.
LibraryThing member chrirob
This was a very poignant telling of the struggles of post-partum depression suffered by Shields during the birth of her daughter. It also highlights the struggles of bringing the realities of PPD to the mainstream and helping it become an accepted and REAL problem for many women. Very truthful and
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brutally honest story of the struggles of Ms. Shields and the realities of post-partum depression in its' many forms.
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240 p.; 5.25 inches


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