Postpartum Depression In Men – Dudes to Dads Podcast Ep 205

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Also know as Paternal Postnatal Depression

It’s a type of depression caused by the process of pregnancy and the birth of the child
25% (1 in 4)

Factors that increase risk:
– Stress – Financial, relationship
– Lack of sleep
– history of depression (can be triggered)
– family history
– Excessive alcohol consumption
– Smoking
– Poor diet

How do you know if you or someone you know is suffering from it?

The Center for Disease Control lists the following signs of depression:

  • Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, depressed mood and/or
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that used to be enjoyable
  • Change in weight or appetite (either increase or decrease)
  • Change in activity: being more or less active than usual
  • Insomnia (difficulty sleeping) or sleeping too much
  • Feeling tired or not having any energy
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Difficulties concentrating and paying attention
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Also, our guest in episode Dr Singley Irritable, agitated, or angry

So what do you do?  I think it’s more difficult for men because there is often a stigma attached to it.

Take care of yourself – Body and mind:
Get sleep – which can be hard
 – be sure to be eating well
Fill Your Mind with Positive Messages – Listen to the podcast, go to Dad University YouTube, listen to motivational speeches
Practice Gratitude – can’t be depressed if you are grateful
Get support – Lean on family and friends
Get professional help


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