Lippenbekenntnisse yIonism in part cultural conditioning Self blame I m not a whole woman I m not good at this what s wrong with me With miscarriage too My own mother had a miscarriage a fewears
Before I Was Born And I Never Knew About It I was born and I never knew about it I was in my forties Some of the women and girls in my family had known about it And a book I heard about recently a kind of cultural shaming about menstruation I say the books that normalize struggle and difference with respect to this process the better Give this book to every ppd person Chasing McCree Chasing McCree you know I say This book is tough to read in places but it is ultimately liberating and useful with lovely elegant simple artwork thoughou know I have to say with some sadness that she still throughout expresses some guilt that she was selfish putting her needs over her kids needs She still trying to get over this self blaming and shame too So it s a process There needs to be out there about postpartum depression My mom had it for two of her six kids one of which was me and didn t have the
Support That She Desperately that she desperately because it wasn t understood back then like it is today But it s still not as mainstream as it should be In addition to being a great snapshot of postpartum depression this is a great book for anyone with depression of any sort because the strategies are similar One of my favorite bits in in the postscript where Wong talks about the Chinese word ngai and how it goes further than the English word endure in that ngai acknowledges that difficulties are not unusual and that often life is about waiting it out in a sort of joyless existence It s a tough but good reminder that we weren t meant to be happy all the time and that sometimes the most difficult times are the times when family and loved ones have an opportunity to come together in a way that strengthens those relationships that times of happiness don t My only "complaint is that I wish it were longer Reading this book took me right back in time to the "is that I wish it were longer Reading this book took me right back in time to the of my premature first born It has my mind whirling and wanting to spend some time in uiet reflection While my heart hurts for the trials and suffering Teresa went through on her postpartum journeys it s also almost relieving to know someone else has been through rough times and gets it It s a short and endearing read which I completed in a waiting room while my son is undergoing oral surgery It s a touching tale with lovely illustrations and something I think every mother should read I can think of a few friends and family members who I d like to give this to as a gift This graphic story reads like a list of all the maladies that can happen following a normal childbirth It also highlights the valuable role that family and friends can play as the new mother adapts to a new reality This is a fast read but it could be helpful to existing parents and grandparents since it touches on all or most of the possibly difficult problems. Woman's battle against the cruel dynamics of postpartum depression Dear Scarlet is a poignant and deeply personal journey through the complexities of new motherhood offering hope to those affected by PPD as well as reassurance that they are not alone. .
This graphic memoir was a uick read but intense and full of impact Wong starts with the birth of her first baby and the lack of self worth isolation boredom sadness and selfishness that consumed her after the birth Her asking why everyone else seems to have it together except her was all too familiar Her drawings are sparse et emotional sometimes with one stroke I liked how she showed all the coping mechanisms she used medication counseling exercise and weaved in lyrics of important songs esp Calendar Girl by Stars And Leonard Cohen Canadian classics This is a great book and I can t imagine how important it would be to me if I d experienced postpartum depression Wong uses a simple straightforward narrative with simple straightforward art to tell a deeply painful story of her struggle with depression following the delivery of her first child Very effective and affecting Teresa Wong has created a heartbreakingly honest graphic novel about her struggle with postpartum depression PPD is a struggle for so many new mothers and it looks different for each of us I really identified with Wong s journey because it s very similar to my own Like Wong I didn t want to hurt myself or
my baby sometimes I just thought to myself that it would be easier to not wake upSadnessbaby sometimes I just thought to myself that it would be easier to not wake upSadness boredom and grief over the loss of our old life are all common and Wong isn t ashamed to detail all of "these feelings which is sure to provide reassurance to those who feel completely alone This took me back "feelings which is sure to provide reassurance to those who feel completely alone This took me back the first few months with a baby and I shed a few tears re NO SPOILERSYears ago Brooke Shields wrote about her postpartum depression PPD in Down Came the Rain My Journey Through Postpartum Depression I didn t read that book but as I recall at the time PPD generally wasn t discussed with anyone other than a therapist Now there s Dear Scarlet by Teresa Wong a story of her PPD but in accessible graphic novel format Hopefully books on this topic are on the way Dear Scarlet is practically ground breaking There s a culture of silence surrounding parenthood Like so many parenthood difficulties PPD is fairly taboo for one mom to discuss with another There s tremendous pressure on new mothers to be only joyful after the birth of their baby in the eyes of many to not appear this way or to express that one feels numb or sad is to imply lack of love for the baby Wong s illustrations are simplistic and unimpressive but they nevertheless are essential to fully communicate her message and they do Although it would ve been fine if Wong had written about her PPD in novel format as Brooke Shields did I don t think it necessarily would ve been better Sometimes the graphic novel format is effective for the particular premise and those who hate to read may be willing to read a short graphic novel This topic in particular needs to be accessible to the masses What really matters though was Wong s bravery in wr. In this intimate and moving graphic memoir Teresa Wong writes and illustrates the story of her struggle with postpartum depression in the form of a letter to her daughter Scarlet Eual parts heartbreaking and funny Dear Scarlet perfectly captures the Iting about something people are uncomfortable discussing and her candor She held nothing back as it should be To sugarcoat PPD would negate the goal of Dear Scarlet Wong also showed what she did to feel better so in this way Dear Scarlet is concretely helpful I absolutely recommend this short graphic novel to all new mothers who have the baby blues which
Makes Them At Riskthem at risk PPD especially those who feel isolated and down on themselves Dear Scarlet reminds moms that they really aren t alone It s a true comfort read Teresa Wong s illustrated account of her post partum depression is courageous funny and sad difficult things for a book to be all at once She wrestles with her guilt over not being able to breastfeed feelings of inadeuacy and self blame but through all of this still manages to convey the love she feels for her newborn daughter It s one of the first graphic novels that I can recall frankly addressing PPD and that alone makes it a standout Wow This book was such an incredible read The author depicts her experience with PPD in a way that clearly describes how emotionally and physically weakened she felt She said so much with such simple drawings I highly recommend this book to anyone struggling with PPD or any form of depression or wants to learn about it It gives Keto Diet for Beginners: The Keto Diet Cookbook with Quick and Healthy Recipes incl. 30 Days Weight Loss Plan you a sense thatou are not alone and that there is hope I received a DRC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review January February March April May I m aliveJune July August September October I m aliveNovember December Wachten op Apollo yeah all through the winter I m aliveI m alive Calendar GirlI seem to be reading a few comics memoir books thisear that insist on telling the whole truth about pregnancy and childbirth undermining all those simple happy generalizations about how easy not for everyone not for a lot of people it is to get and stay pregnant about easy not for everyone pregnancies and childbirths Lucy Knisley s Kid Gloves Jennell Johnson s Graphic Reproduction others Books about miscarriage about difficult pregnancies and births and this one about postpartum depression ppd which I learned about mostly from a few women who have shared their stories with me family and friends A friend of mine wanted a baby than anything else in her life and when she gave birth she spun into the deepest depression and she had never been depressed in her life It took ears for her to recover from the idea that the depression was somehow her faultI m a guy so maybe I am not aware of dozens of helpful books about ppd but this "is surely one and the first I have read a book that acknowledges there is a kind of widespread "surely one and the first I have read a book that acknowledges there is a kind of widespread sense of shame around not being positively blissful with this whole idea of becoming a mom Now we know it is a very common thing to have struggles and specifically to have ppd but there still seems to be this shaming aspect to it for many people Maybe in part born of a kind of perfect. Iet desperation of those suffering from PPD and the profound feelings of inadeuacy and loss As Teresa grapples with her fears and anxieties and grasps at potential remedies coping mechanisms and her mother’s Chinese elixirs we come to understand one.