The Mental Health Book Club Podcast hosts Becky and Sydney both gave this book 3*.
The book is a frank and honest account of a man’s struggle
with his mental health after the birth of his child. It discusses the traumatic birth of his son and
his wife’s struggles with her own depression.
Being women without children, we did not feel we were Mark’s
primary audience and so we felt a little detached from the topic. However, we could
see that this book has to anyone in a similar situation and will provide hope
that it can get better. Anyone who has had a child will see some experiences
they can relate to.
Being a parent is hard and it changes so much, this book
explores this with a raw honesty that is rare amongst parents. Often parents
are expected to be happy as they have a new child, but this book shows some of
the darker times that can be had.
Not only does this book address men’s mental health but also
it raises the profile of an almost unheard of mental health illness, postnatal
depression in men. The book also touches on the use of alcohol to self-medicate
We had no idea men could get postnatal depression and this
book raises awareness and shows how Mark goes on to help other men that are
suffering. His dedication is an inspiration.
The Mental Health Book Club Podcast loved this book, both Becky and Sydney gave it 5*.
We adored this book and could not put it down. Not only is
its honestly infectious, Dyane writes in a way which means you cannot help but
care for her. Dyane’s struggles with postpartum bipolar affective disorder is
complex and heart-breaking. The support she gets from her husband and her doula
(post birth support) is amazing, a role we had never heard of before.
Dyane’s honesty is raw and will leave you with a much better
understanding of bipolar disorder. She reflects on her father’s struggles with
the same illness and times in her past when she might have been experiencing
It is hard to read the treatments and failures in medication
that Dyane goes through. The hope that something will work is finally reached
but it is a long bumpy road. Her experiences with the controversial electroconvulsive
therapy are explained without judgement. Dyane explains that everyone is an
individual and owns the fact this is just her story. However, it is a story
many can find hope and understanding.
This book is an amazing story by a courageous and strong
lady who overcomes any obstacle put in front of her. She is an inspiration and
now a friend.
Mark Williams led a content life;
from a working-class background, he worked his way up into a promising
career and then met the love of his life. When his wife Michelle fell
pregnant, it seemed as though everything had fallen into place for them.
Michelle’s labour didn’t go well. She was forced to undergo a
C-section, an experience which deeply traumatised both of them. And when
it was time to take their child home, Michelle seemed different. Gone
was the woman that he had fallen in love with, replaced with someone who
couldn’t pull herself out of a deep, dark depression.
wasn’t just Michelle who felt the baby blues. Mark too felt as though he
had lost something, succumbing to feelings of stress, anxiety, and
depression. He had never heard of fathers going through postnatal
depression, but with a baby that wouldn’t stop crying and a wife he
could no longer connect with, he felt like he was losing himself more
and more each day. So he found solace in old habits, and found his
escape at the bottom of a bottle.
A touching story from a rarely explored perspective,Daddy Blues tells the tale of a man learning to deal with a problem he never knew he could have.
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Trigger warning: this podcast discusses mania, depression, suicide and extreme behaviour.
It was an absolute pleasure to speak to Dyane Harwood author of Birth of a New Brain were we talk about her journey with postpartum bipolar one, treatment resistant depression, hospitilasation, her wonderful family and more.
After the birth of her baby triggers a manic maelstrom, Dyane Harwood struggles to survive the bewildering highs and crippling lows of her brain’s turmoil. Birth of a New Brain vividly depicts her postpartum bipolar disorder, an unusual type of bipolar disorder and postpartum mood and anxiety disorder.
During her childhood, Harwood grew up close to her father, a brilliant violinist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic who had bipolar disorder. She learned how bipolar disorder could ravage a family, but she never suspected that she’d become mentally ill—until her baby was born.
Harwood wondered if mental health would always be out of her reach. From medications to electroconvulsive therapy, from “redwood forest baths” to bibliotherapy, she explored both traditional and unconventional methods of recovery—in-between harrowing psychiatric hospitalizations.
Harwood reveals how she ultimately achieved a stable mood. She discovered that despite having a chronic mood disorder, a new, richer life is possible. Birth of a New Brain is the chronicle of one mother’s perseverance, offering hope and grounded advice for those battling mental illness.