Author(s): Tracy Thompson
Many thousands of women are affected by depression every year, suffering individual episodes at nearly twice the rate that men do. The prime years for depression are also, not coincidentally, the primary childbearing years: between 25 and 44. In The Ghost in the House, award-winning reporter Tracy Thompson explores the science and psychology of maternal depression, integrating her own experiences as a mother and depression sufferer with survey results from 400 mothers who have been diagnosed with major depression. The result is an original and provocative look at this extremely common but virtually ignored issue. Maternal depression is far more than just a postpartum condition. It is an illness at the intersection of genetic vulnerability and environment - in this case, the unprecedented level of stress that mothers live with today. By its very nature, it affects the lives of the children who grow up in its shadow - a fact long known to scientists but rarely discussed. Thompson's top-notch science writing builds on the tradition of blending memoir with journalism to put a human face on a common, and much misunderstood psychological state.
"Powerful, wrenching, rare in its unflinching honesty... a transfixing read." - Susan Faludi, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women"
Tracy Thompson is a freelance journalist and an award-winning Washington Post reporter. She is the author of The Beast: A Journey through Depression. She lives in Washington