Dads Get Postnatal Depression Too
We know that 1 in 5 Moms can have feelings of sadness or depression after the birth of their baby, and that two thirds of Moms feel emotionally fragile or numb within the first 10 days after giving birth. But Moms aren’t the only ones who can experience a shift in their mental health after the birth of a child. National Institutes of Health research suggests that anywhere between 4 and 25 percent of Dads experience depression after the birth of their baby. If you are feeling distanced from your partner or child, anger or irritability, shortness of breath or anxiety, you may have Parental Postnatal Depression (PPND).
What causes PPND?
Just like Postpartum Depression in women, PPND is linked to a variety of factors including:
Tiredness and exhaustion
Hormonal changes: increase in estrogen and dip in testosterone
Lack of support from family or friends
Lack of contact with other adults
Missing your old lifestyle
Personal history of depression or…
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