Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression

by Brooke Shields


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In her bestselling memoir, now in paperback, Brooke Shields shares with the world her deeply personal experience with postpartum depression

When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter to the world, her joyful expectations were quickly followed by something unexpected--a crippling depression. In what is sure to strike a chord with the millions of women who suffer from depression after childbirth, Brooke Shields shares how she, too, battled a condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects many new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her life, including her struggle to get pregnant, the high expectations she had for herself and that others placed on her as a new mom, and the role of her husband, friends, and family as she struggled to attain her maternal footing in the midst of a disabling depression.

Ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401308469
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/02/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 348,145
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Brooke Shields has starred in many feature films, including Pretty Baby, Blue Lagoon, and Black and White. She earned critical acclaim on Broadway for The Vagina Monologues and Cabaret, among other shows. She earned a People's Choice Award and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Suddenly Susan. Brooke continues to lend aid to issues involving children's welfare and education, and has established Hands of Change, an organization which benefits young women.

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Down Came the Rain 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
thomas34 More than 1 year ago
I was very intrigued by this book. Brook Shields told every account to her full capacity. I was a new mother struggling with postpartum depression and it is a real disease and a growing problem in the world. I truly hope that people will get the help they need and other family members will join with them to help. I also learned that people need others to help themselves in life. Please don't go at it alone, always ask for help. There is no shame in it at all. After you have learned how to cope with depression; be proud of yourself and your knowledge you have acquired. You never know when you can help someone else in need.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my sister in law when she started showing signs of PPD. She absolutely loved it. She said it helps her knowing that she is not alone, that other mothers go through the ups and downs of 'what in the world am I doing' when they get home from the hospital, and that it helped her put a lot into perspective. Thankfully, she only had a mild case of the baby blues, but she credits this book with opening her eyes to what it is REALLY like to be a first time mom, and what you can possibly deal with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this at the bookstore on a Friday afternoon and finished it the next day. My husband is now reading it, because Brooke does a fantastic job of putting into words much of what I felt after the birth of my son, but was unable to explain clearly. She pulls no punches, and is brutally honest about her thoughts of disconnect from her baby, her anger at family and friends for not getting it, and even her thoughts of suicide. But what she does best is show the help that is available, so that no mother should ever have to feel alone and hopeless. This is a book for every parent-to-be, so they are prepared for the possiblity; for every family member or friend who will be in frequent contact with a new mother, so they might recognize the problem before it gets out of control; and for anyone who has ever wondered 'Can it really be all that bad?' Yes, it can, yes, it is, and yes, there is help and hope.
Zelda18 More than 1 year ago
An excellent description of signs and symptoms of Post Partum Depression. A bit over-the-top at times, as Brook describes how life is like for a celebrity, but well-written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She could have been writing my story of postpartum depression. This book is a very tender and truthful memoir of a struggle many women go through. I would recomend it for any age or gender. Amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This gave me a look at what i was going through but couldn't see for my self. She was very brave to open up like this and help struggeling post partum women get a voice to get help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a mother who went through PPD this was a great book to turn to. I felt the same way as Brooke Sheilds and it was great to know that I was not alone!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommended for anyone curious about a personal story of a battle with postpartum depression.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I too had post-partum depression after I had my 2nd daughter. It is a relief to know that there are other women out there that went through the same thing I did. It was interesting to find out that someone so famous had/has a normal life behind all the glamour. I want to give Brooke a big thanks for sharing her heroic story with everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a mother yet I found this book to be very interesting. Brooke writes it beautifully and I truly enjoyed reading it. I felt like I actually knew her! I would recommend this to both mothers and women who don't have children but are fans of Brooke. A great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading the book has given me a boost of condfidence. Knowing that the Author has blessed this world with her honesty, has given me hope in reading. I love to read Biographies of women who will tell the rest of us how they really feel. Having a Boost in confidence has given me the added realization that I am a great mother!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so helpful to me. I am glad she decided to write this book. It has made me realize I shouldn't be ashamed of having PPD. It was the first book that read on this condition and I would reccomend it to anyone who thinks they suffer from PPD.
mtrumbo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
lorireed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"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." ShieldsIn her autobiography Down 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.
chloboreading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked that she did not come across as a whiny, spoiled celebrity.
yayasbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any kind of depression is horrible. You feel this way you dont understand completly why you feel this way. Mine has been around for years......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very enlightening. It would be a great help to a new mother's family when she is acting in an uncharacteristic manner. Also, there are other resources for help listed in the book. Most of all, it shows new mothers feeling this depression that they are not crazy, selfish or alone.
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aimlyss More than 1 year ago
I am glad I read this book since I didn't know much about postpartum depression and couldn't imagine having the feelings that PPD brings. Not that I wasn't sympathetic to it, I had just never dealt with it myself or with a friend. After reading about Brooke's experiences, I feel that I now have a better understanding.
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GeekGirl67 More than 1 year ago
Please read if you are or are planning on getting pregnant. This book could help, i found it very honest and it was probably very hard for her to write. The taboo regarding ppd still exists.
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