Men are more likely to have postpartum depression than women

This sounds pretty funny, but in fact, not only women but also their husbands suffer from postpartum depression!

Normally, men do not experience troublesome physical and psychological changes during pregnancy and childbirth, but experts have found that the rate of postpartum depression detected in men is even higher than that of women. 

A new research finding published in the Journal of Pediatrics shows that in the first five years of having children, the incidence of paternal postnatal depression (PPND) increased 68%. "Postpartum depression and anxiety aren’t exclusive to women,” said Gabrielle Mauren, Ph. D, clinical psychologist at the Park Nicollet clinics in Philadelphia. She  stated: “And if a mom has postpartum depression, her partner has a 40 percent chance of being depressed too.” 

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Like women, men can also experience depression after their wives give birth. 

Doctors have indicated that having a baby will lead to considerable changes, especially in terms of mental health, whether you are a person who directly give birth to your child or not. This is also the finding of another study published in the Journal of Human Biology

That is to say, during pregnancy as well as after his wife gives birth, the amount of male hormone in a man’s body changes. The volume of testosterone has a tendency to decline, thereby increasing the state of depression and anxiety, accompanied by observable changes in neurological condition that occurs in the brain due to insomnia, stress and other objective factors such as conflicts in relationships or the anxiety about taking on fatherly responsibilities, etc. 

Unlike women who may cry and talk about their feelings openly, the signs of postpartum depression in men is often hidden. 

Men may want to cry, they can feel tired, and anorexia can be detected also. Nevertheless, they usually do not want show up or let other people know that they are depressed. Instead, they often make themselves busy working or taking part in leisure activities. They tend to be more reserved, irritable, pessimistic, and indecisive than usual. Therefore, quarrels between couples during this period are unavoidable. In some cases, the depression causes men to use alcohol and cigarettes as ways to relieve themselves. 

In addition, men with postpartum depression often suffer from unusual headaches or muscle aches. 

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There are several ways for men to get back to their balanced life. 

In order to control the depression, it is advisable that men sleep enough, have a proper diet, do exercise regularly, and spend more time with their friends and partners. These methods will help maintain the balance in life. 

Furthermore, it is important that couples become more interactive and understanding. Conversations can ease the mood, reduce stress and fatigue when the couples are learning how to be parents together.

By: Chris Stewart

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