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Parenthood is a wonderful experience for both the mother and the father. Their lives change for good after the birth of their little one with the little joys that surround them. However, sometimes, certain situations arise when both the parents struggle with their mental health. The constant fussing of the newborn, the frequent sleepless nights, and the constant overwhelming changes that a new baby brings can lead to a lot of fear and anxieties. Nonetheless, we’ve all heard of postpartum depression in new mothers, but we don’t realize that it may also affect new fathers too. Considering the demanding nature of parenting a child, be it sleep deprivation, new duties as a parent or handling the financial situation, men too can suffer from PPD (paternal postpartum depression).
It is a feeling of depression that occurs after the birth of a child. Emotional ups and downs, frequently crying, exhaustion, guilt trips, anxiety, and difficulty loving and caring for their newborn are all symptoms of postpartum depression in parents. After having a child, both the mother and the father go through physical, emotional, economical, and social changes, which can lead to postpartum depression.
Men and women experience prenatal and postpartum depression in different ways. Men may exhibit certain “typical” symptoms such as exhaustion and changes in sleep or eating habits, but they are less likely to express their emotions publicly. Most new fathers often keep their feelings bottled up, which in turn causes more harm as the diagnosis is difficult.
Check out these common signs of paternal prenatal or postpartum depression:
Most parents, regardless of their socio-economic status, are highly concerned when they bring their child into the world. It is because having to learn to care for a baby presents a significant challenge. To say the least, PPD can spread like a virus, causing emotional stress and anxieties in both the mother and the father. As a result, it is critical for fathers to understand the complexities of parenting, as well as to learn and diagnose its causes or symptoms.
Fathers, just like new moms, are susceptible to postpartum depression as a result of hormonal changes. When a kid is born, hormones like testosterone and vasopressin may alter in the father too
The status of the marital relationship might undergo a change starting from pregnancy and throughout the transition to motherhood. The state of the marital connection can be broken down into two parts, spousal support and marital satisfaction, both of which can have a negative impact on paternal mood.
Self-help isn’t always enough. It’s possible that the new father might need professional help. Using one or a mix of therapies, during pregnancy and the difficult postpartum period, may help fathers cope well. The following methods can be tried:
So, if your partner is experiencing deep feelings of sadness or worry, you should seek the help of your doctor or mental health professional immediately.