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Can fathers have Postpartum Depression or Baby Blues?

Postpartum Depression or Baby Blues? Can fathers have them too?

Post partum is a time with many transitions.  Finally healthcare workers and the populations at large are coming to understand post partum depression or :baby blues: in women.  More and more women are not suffering in silence but asking for help with this.  According to the Mayo clinic  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postpartum-depression/basics/symptoms/con-20029130

“Postpartum depression symptoms for the mother may include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Intense irritability and anger
  • Overwhelming fatigue
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Lack of joy in life
  • Feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy
  • Severe mood swings
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby Yet what about the changes that might take place in fathers as well?
  • Parenthood transition appears to be a time of higher risk of fathers developing depression, compared. Coming to terms with a new identity and a changing relationships and the responsibility of financial consequences of starting a family are all factors to consider.
  • Untreated, postpartum depression may last for many months or longer.”

Might dad be experiencing any of these symptoms of paternal postnatal depression, or baby blues risk factors? Might you have some or all of these?

  • having a partner with postnatal depression
  • history of depression
  • marital discontent
  • low self-esteem
  • doubts about parenting role
  • first time parent
  • sickly or irritable Baby

There is no manual that comes with parenting. The earlier you address these issues of change and transition, the faster you and your wife can get your family back on tract and feeling better. If you are experiencing any of these baby blues symptoms, help is available now.

Let me know if I can help.

Question? Can emotional issues affect your physical health?

kalidescope masked ballIt is interesting how we tend to compartmentalize our physical health as separate from our emotional health like it is in two different compartments, or locations. More and more research points to their connectedness. Stress for example seems to increase our inflammation response in our body as well as create muscles tenseness, shut down our immune system and create over all tightness in our body. We get a problem i.e. a “stressor” in our day and then our bodies automatically and often without us noticing respond with an increase in our protective mechanism that is also called the “fight or flight” response. This response is natural and helpful for survival but it was intended for short quick energy bursts to correct our possibly dangerous situation thus shutting down many of our other autonomous body requirements.

In our modern world often times the “stressors” are not easily resolved and we get stuck in this hyper arousal state without being aware of it. After some time, it may become our default state and it leads to exhaustion. Some of the more common symptoms of stress include headaches, skin problems, “tightness”, intestinal issues, and changes in sleep or appetite. I often explore with my clients many aspects of the person’s life that are impacting them. Sometimes making changes in one seemingly completely unrelated area can create more balance and reduce our reactions to our “stressors”. Becoming more mindful of your stress, instead of ignoring it is a big first step.