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Hillbilly Gothic A Memoir of Madness and MotherhoodEm Moving back and forth between characters and situations she vividly portrays the isolation geographical and metaphorical of the Appalachia of her forebears and the Western Pennsylvania region where she grew up She also weaves in the stories of other women both contemporary and historic who have dealt with postpartum depression in all its guises from fleeting baby blues to full blown psychosisSerious as her subject is Martini's narrative is unf. LOVED this book Great look at postpartum depression and mental illness in general As a mom I can relate to the authors worries about trying to be the perfect mom I never struggled with PPD like she did but I have like most moms struggled with trying to be the perfect mom and feeling inadeuate over NOT being the perfect mom We all need to realize that JUST loving our kids is enough if we just love them and take it day by day there is no need to be perfect and it is okay to ask for help and it is okay to have a bad day Mental illness is just like any other illness and with the proper treatment it can be controlled just like any other illness It is too bad that society does not always remember that

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My family has a grand tradition After a woman gives birth she goes mad I thought that I would be the one to escapeSo begins Adrienne Martini's candid compelling and darkly humorous history of her family's and her own experiences with depression and postpartum syndromeIlluminating depression from the inside Martini delves unflinchingly into her own breakdown and institutionalization and traces the multigenerational course of this devastating probl. Society has its ideas of what motherhood looks like; we get them from television commercials magazine covers and our own naïve misconceptions And then there is Postpartum Depression an element of motherhood that is seldom glamorized unless of course we’re talking about Andrea Yates Adrienne Martini’s memoir Hillbilly Gothic A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood is an exploration of her own misconceptions as they collide head on with the real thing Despite the incredible genetic disposition “My family has a grand tradition After a woman gives birth she goes mad” Martini thinks she will escape this fateful progeny and like motherhood mental illness too has its misconceptions Having a college education and a liberal political outlook on life doesn’t keep one from being seuestered to the inside of a psyche ward if need beHere is where my maternal great grandmother abandoned her three children Here is where my maternal grandmother went uietly mad Here is where my uncle came home from Vietnam put his gun to his head and killed himself And here is where my mother met my father and then escaped the geography but not the heredity Years later I would be back in the same scenery if a few miles farther south The irony is not lost A tradition of new mothers who plan on delivering in the traditional hospital is to purchase a new pair of pajamas or a nightgown to wear in the hospital as opposed to the hospital gown and as she is embarking on her glorious new life as a mother flowing with life giving milk and joy she will look even the part in something cotton and maternal Martini’s new pajamas never made it to the delivery roomI’d initially bought them to wear after having the baby They seemed perfect for the Maternity ward cheerful and motherly I even made sure they had a top with buttons on it so that I could easily access my breasts I had not got the chance to wear them until now where they just look wrongMartini doesn’t hesitate to verbalize the unspeakable unthinkable doubts that must cross the mind of every mother at some point of the mother transformation such as the feelings of inferiority when very little seems natural and then one becomes amazed that this is the process that has sustained the human race And then there is that complex bonding process not to mention that eyes looking upon you to for evidence to support their own ideas of motherhoodWith a mix of serious and humorous Martini allows us to laugh and learn along with her She shares all the shocking moments with the reader Jeff asked if I wanted to know why he was here ‘Sure’ I said ‘But only if you want to tell me’ ‘I threatened to kill my ex girlfriend and her new husband Jesus told me to do’ ‘Good to know’ I said And left it at that Eventually she gets it “I know the reward I understand why people wax rhapsodic about having kids I get it now” And while her journey doesn’t end she does ride into the sunset a new person;;;

SUMMARY Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood

READ & DOWNLOAD ☆ Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood ¾ My family has a grand tradition After a woman gives birth she goes mad I thought that I would be the one to escapeSo begins Adrienne Martini's candid compelling and darkly humorous history of her family's and her own experiences with depAilingly engaging and filled with witty wry observations on the complications of new motherhood It's like getting the best Christmas gift ever but Santa decided to kick the crap out of you before you unwrapped it New mothers and those who have struggled with parenthood whether or not they dealt with depression will find affirmation in this story of triumph of escape from a difficult legacy of hope for others and of the courage to have another bab. Great memoir that also has some commentary on the way post partum depression and mental illness in general are viewed in society She is honest and raw withe the description of her breakdown Kudos to her for being open enough to put it out there and reduce the stigma for other women