Postpartum Depression: Hope for a Hard Season

Christine M. Chappell
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Many new mothers experience what some call postpartum "baby blues"Ña short period of feeling sad, irritable, anxious, and overwhelmed. But what happens when those feelings worsen as the newborn weeks go by? What help is there for you when sleepless nights, harassing thoughts, and unpredictable moods disrupt your life and drain your joy? Is there any hope to be had in such a hard season?

Biblical counselor and mom Christine Chappell knows the difficulty of suffering through postpartum depression. With empathetic care, she offers you biblical encouragement and practical counsel that addresses the many facets of this afflictionÑincluding your exhausted body, your overwhelming emotions, your troubled mind, and your burdened spirit. As you read, you'll be guided through prayers that help you to engage your fears and doubts with the Good Shepherd. Even in this unwelcome darkness, God in his steadfast love will meet and sustain you.


Christine M. Chappell is a certified biblical counselor and the author of Midnight Mercies: Walking with God Through Depression in Motherhood. She currently serves as the Hope + Help Podcast host for the Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship. Her writing has been featured at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, and other Christian platforms. Christine lives in South Carolina with her husband and three children and blogs at

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"I experienced the darkness of postpartum depression after both my sons were born and this is the resource I needed to read. This mini-book is gentle and compassionate, gospel-laced and hope-filled. It looks at the struggle and its effects on the whole personÑboth body and soul. Readers will be encouraged to take their sorrows to the Lord in prayer and search his Word for the life-giving promises that are made real in Christ. If you or someone you know is battling postpartum depression, read this mini-book and talk about it with a trusted counselor or friend."
Christina Fox, M.S. LPC; author of A Heart Set Free: A Journey to Hope Through the Psalms of Lament

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