July 27, 2012

Post Partum Depression Hits Men and Women

Filed under: depressed,Depression,solutions to depression — robertprice @ 1:43 pm

Depression shows no prejudice. It affects all social classes and races. Knowing this, it is surprising that the media and medical professionals stereotype this mental illness as female-dominant.

A recent study confirms that as many as one-in-ten new fathers demonstrate signs of post partum depression.  Originally doctors stipulated that the post partum depression condition was linked to hormonal changes during pregnancy; however, this new study indicates that men also experience post partum depression, likely linked to negative environment changes like lack of sleep, different personal routine, and subsequent relationship issues.

The lead researcher of the study stresses the need to treat depressed parents as soon as possible. If depressed parents are left untreated, the child is at a long-term risk for behavioral and psychiatric problems.  The child’s issues can later become a societal problem, as they may “act out” in the future.

While new father depression is just as much an issue as new mother depression, many men are less willing to seek help.  Men are less willing to admit that they are experiencing issues.

The stigma against male post partum depression should be fought.  For more information about male postpartum depression, visit www.postpartummen.com .

Think you might have male post partum depression? Here is a list of symptoms you may want to check for:

Male Post Partum Depression Symptoms:

  • Males tend to become more aggressive; women tend to be sad
  • Lack of interest in your baby or negative feelings towards your baby
  • Worrying about hurting your baby
  • Lack of concern for yourself
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Lack of energy and motivation
  • Feeling of worthlessness and guilt
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Post partum Depression Treatment for Men and Women

Whether male or female, there are some universally accepted self-treatments and medical treatments for postpartum depression.

Self Treatment:

  • Make sleep <http://www.candrugstore.com/blog/2011/10/sleep-friend.html> a priority.  While attaining eight hours of sleep may seem impossible, you need to make sleep a priority.  Enlist the help of family members while you take a nap.
  • Make your relationships priorities.  When depressed, it is of the upmost importance to stay connected with friends and family, and lean on them for supporting.  This means forming a united front with your significant other.
  • Make meals a priority.  When you are depressed, nutrition often falls to the wayside.  Good nutrition means will ensure you have more energy and better concentration to deal with your baby.
  • Ease back into exercise <http://www.candrugstore.com/blog/2010/08/lead-by-example-and-get-your-kids-active.html>.  Studies have shown that exercise is just as effective as antidepressants for treating depression, so it is important to get back on an exercise plan ASAP.

Medical Treatment

If you have sunk into a deep depression, it is important to recognize this fact and seek medical attention as soon as possible.  Many counselors specialize in postpartum depression treatment.  Counseling and antidepressants (if necessary) have been proven to provide effective results towards combating postpartum depression.

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