September 13, 2005
Can Father's Get Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression is a serious problem (despite what Tom Cruise may think). What can exacerbate the issue is the belief that the entire family should be glowing and happy after having a new baby. The reality is that there is a lot of happiness as well as stress, struggle, and adjustment. By denying feelings of depression, the problem can worsen. Now add the idea that men both aren't "supposed" to have feelings of vulnerability, nor be "like a woman" and have postpartum depression, and you have a potential crisis on your hands. As this article points out, postpartum depression is a family issue.
Posted by Russell at September 13, 2005 08:01 AM
pregnanacy can bear alot of stress on both parents is it really possible for a father to have it .how would you recognize it? what about depression before the baby arrives?
Posted by: ebonie at October 17, 2005 05:50 PM
Anyone can get depression anytime. Depression is often brought on by life changes and stress, which certainly is what happens before and after a birth. If you are concerned that someone is depressed, have them see their doctor or a therapist. They can diagnose appropriately and lead to treatment.
Posted by: Russell at October 17, 2005 07:24 PM