New Dads Can Suffer From Postpartum Depression - Know The Signs Of Depression And When You Should Get Help.
Babies can be stressful, no doubt about it plus even if your baby is as chill as Buddha, simply having a baby is a life-altering experience that can lead to stress, sadness, and in some cases very real depression. It's always been known that some mamas suffer from postpartum depression, but now research from a series of studies over the years suggest that new dads can also become depressed after the baby arrives as well.According to research gathered from 43 studies, about 10% of new dads suffer depression. The research also notes that there's a high risk for depression period for new dads that occurs when his baby is 3 to 6 months old. These findings help debunk the myth that postpartum depression is simply hormonal - as some think it is when women report depression after having a baby. Why it matters to you: As new parents you need to be in a good space so both you and your baby stay healthy. Because men are far more likely to shrug off signs of depression they may not get the help they need to be active and healthy parents. What you can do:
- Know the signs of postpartum depression vs. the baby blues, a similar, but less dangerous form of stress and sadness.
- Realize that breakdowns can happen and don't necessarily equal depression.
- Learn how to prevent postpartum depression before it starts.
- Talk about your feelings. This can be hard for some men (and women too) but studies show that simply discussing your feelings may help ward off serious postpartum depression.
- Don't leave it up to your health care provider. If you're feeling overly stressed or sad, bring it up with your doctor. Studies show that far too many health care providers DO NOT screen for depression after the baby arrives.
- If your baby has colic (constant crying) you may more susceptible to postpartum depression. If crying has got you down big time, talk to your health care provider and learn how to safely deal with a crying baby.