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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Shining the Light on PND: The Journey From Darkness To Healing From Post-Natal Depression by Namita Mahanama is a compassionate guide for countless women who struggle with depression after the birth of a child. Mahanama begins with her own story, providing a profoundly honest account of the depths of her depression following the birth of both of her children and the very real, very dangerous state of mind she was in. She uses this together with her professional expertise as a pharmacist to address the stigma and encourage women to come into the light with those who have also suffered. She explains exactly what PND/PPD is, what it is not, what it does, who it impacts, ways to cope, treat it, and ultimately make a breakthrough.
Shining the Light on PND is perhaps the first book I've read on post-natal/postpartum depression that embraces both scientific and homeopathic principles. It is also written for readers who are currently in the throes of PND. This scientific and holistic combination is significant because mothers who are grasping for help are extremely vulnerable. Namita Mahanama is empathetic without removing a mother's choice by stating categorically what is good. Yes, explore the medication because this is a legitimate biological issue and not just in your head, but also set up an alternative and try the Pranayama breathing techniques. Take a bath. Give your little one a baby massage. Talk to people who love you and want you to be whole and healthy. I would have been deeply moved and guided if I'd had Mahanama's book a few years ago, but thankfully it is here now for those who desperately need it. Very highly recommended.