New parents and parents-to-be should be familiar with the signs and affects of postpartum depression (PPD) on both mom and dad. People with postpartum depression experience intense feelings of sadness, anxiety, or despair that prevent them from being able to do their daily tasks.
A recent study found that 1 in 7 women will experience postpartum depression. Research indicates that 10% of new fathers may also experience a form of it. Half of men who have partners with PPD develop depression themselves.
Moms with Postpartum Depression
Due to the dramatic drop in hormones after giving birth, sleep deprivation or other stress factors such as breastfeeding difficulty, mothers can develop “baby blues” and eventually PPD, when the symptoms don’t go away after six weeks. But while moms struggle with these factors, it’s often overlooked that dads do too.
It Can Affect Dads
Following the birth of a baby, many fathers take on new, sometimes stressful roles that come with little recognition or attention. On top of that, lack of sleep combined with concerns about mom having the baby blues or depression can actually trigger a father’s own feelings of depression.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
Pay close attention to warning signs and contact a healthcare provider immediately if there are concerns. Here are some red flags that warrant attention:
- A lack of interest in caring for baby
- Prolonged anxiety or sadness
- Excessive sleep or insomnia
- Panic attacks
- Irrational thoughts
If you are a new parent struggling with any of these symptoms of PPD, just know that there are others struggling with the exact same feelings. You are not alone! There are many great resources out there to help you get through it.
Supports for Parents
Many hospitals and community centers offer support groups for new parents who may be struggling with PPD. There are also several websites with resources.
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