Male Postpartum Depression: Many of us have heard several anecdotes of women suffering from postpartum depression
Male Postpartum Depression: Many of us have heard several anecdotes of women suffering from postpartum depression. One in every nine new moms is believed to be affected by this disorder. However, many people are unaware of paternal postpartum depression. Men may develop PPND following the birth of a child.
According to the American Medical Association Journal, around 10% of new dads worldwide suffer from severe depression, which is more common among younger men. According to a 2014 research published in Pediatrics, this issue grows by 68% throughout the first five years of a baby’s life. Chronic depression is more probable if it is not identified in its early stages.
According to Dr. Indranil Saha, a gynecologist and IVF specialist in Kolkata, some of the factors that contribute to PPND in men are a lack of knowledge for raising a child, excessive crying by the baby, over-responsibility, the wife’s inability to understand the man, and the relationship between husband and wife.
Furthermore, although new moms instantly bond with their newborns, dads typically take their time, and some consider themselves outsiders during this period. Other indicators include previous marital instability, financial difficulties or stress, and an ill or preterm infant. Paternal postpartum depression symptoms are intense and continue for a long time.
Those who suffer from this condition frequently experience sorrow, impatience, agitation, and a sense of worthlessness. If detected early, PPND can be treated at home with a few easy procedures. According to research, talk therapy is highly successful in treating any depression. Saha also suggests eating on schedule and exercising regularly. It is critical to get a whole night’s sleep. If the baby’s crying prevents you from sleeping at night, you should try to get some rest during the day.
Men who are depressed have been seen to get engrossed in their work. Overworking, on the other hand, can help to ease the condition. It is also critical to keep oneself away from alcohol and other addictions. If you can leave your child with your wife or another family member for a short period, go for a walk alone and attempt to concentrate on your inner thoughts. A stroll by oneself is pretty beneficial for cleansing one’s thoughts.
If neither of the treatments works, the gynecologist advises seeing a psychologist and seeking professional help before the situation worsens.