Postpartum in men? It turns out that it’s a fact that not most of us know or aware of–some men suffer from “baby blues” too.
A dad’s journey goes beyond changing diapers and buying baby stuff or baby hair accessories. There are stressors and even hormonal changes that can affect a father’s moods and behavior.
Here are some telltale signs of postpartum depression in men:
- Has trouble getting good sleep
- Unexplained and extreme sadness
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Violent behavior
- Lack of concentration
- Suicidal thoughts
- Isolating oneself from family and other people
Paternal Postpartum Depression(PPPD) or Paternal Postnatal Depression (PPND) needs to be addressed. This affects the person’s whole well-being. It can strain the marital relationship. And negatively impacts the father-child relationship and over-all development of the child.
The good news about it is that dads can overcome it. Recognizing that there is a problem is the first step to coping.
Get help. Talk to a medical professional licensed in working with men. He/she is the best person to diagnose and recommend the proper treatment of this condition.
Take care of yourself. Have a healthy diet. Have plenty of exercises and take time to relax.
Open up and talk to your partner. Seek help from a counselor, family member, co-worker, friends, or other parents. Find someone you trust enough to talk with about your troubles.
If you feel that you are suffering from paternal postpartum depression. Remember that you don’t have to deal with this depression alone.
Keep a strong faith and find time for yourself. Get help from people you trust. Consider a medical professional’s help.
Any parent suffering from postpartum depression can cope and recover from this affliction.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to serve as a medical advice. If you feel you are suffering from paternal postpartum depression, please consult a medical doctor or mental care professional.