As surprising as it may sound, yes, men can develop postpartum depression or Paternal Postpartum depression as it is called.
Studies have shown that 10% of fathers suffer from it before or after their baby is born.
Postpartum depression is a more severe form of "baby blues".
Baby blues is a period when new mothers experience mood swings, crying, anxiety, and trouble sleeping.
Baby blues usually begin between the first two or three days after delivery; they can sometimes last for two weeks.
Postpartum depression is a major form of depression that encompasses a complex combination of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that usually happen within four weeks after birth.
This type of depression isn't always easy to spot as its symptoms/signs are similar to baby blues.
However, PPD is more intense, so early detection is key to ensuring better and more effective treatment.
Postpartum depression in new fathers or Paternal Postpartum depression has the same signs as PPD in mothers.
As a new father, you are at the risk of postpartum depression if;
You must bear in mind that as a new father, you can also suffer from "baby blues". Baby blues usually disappear after a couple of days or two weeks at most. However, the moment you notice either signs of baby blues or paternal postpartum depression – see your doctor.
It would be unwise to wait for your symptoms to get to the point where:
Before or after the birth of a newborn, the mother's focus shifts from the father to the baby.
This lack of attention can negatively affect the father, as he is now starved of affection and sometimes love.
The mother typically establishes a bond with the baby quickly, but in the dad's case, it might take a while.
During this period, he might begin to feel the third wheel.
With a new baby comes new responsibilities, which means more money is needed. As a father, this can put some pressure to provide adequately for the latest addition to the family.
This can lead to a new level of stress as you begin to worry about finances and bills.
There can also be an increase in prolactin levels.
These changes can cause mood disorders, leading to paternal postpartum depression.
The birth of a new baby can put a strain on the relationship between couples.
There would be less time for activities like sleep and sex. lack of these essential activities in a new dad's life can be innerving most times.
To effectively treat paternal postpartum depression, medical practitioners can recommend the following;
Doctors can recommend that the sufferer be treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
In extremely severe cases of paternal postpartum depression, where the sufferer is a threat to the health and wellbeing of their child, themselves, or spouse, they are hospitalized.
Talk therapy is also highly recommended in treating this depression.
The sufferer can make it personal, or he can bring along his spouse.
Although, there isn't any primary method for preventing paternal postpartum, there are little things one can do.
Fatherhood is no joke, and neither is paternal postpartum depression.
This issue is not to be taken lightly or overlooked.
Remember that this disorder is not embarrassing; instead, it's normal, and with the proper treatment, you will recover.
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