Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Postpartum Depression: Not Just a Girl Thing

Or so says a new study about postpartum depression.

Basically, this study (by psychiatrists Gregory Simon and James Paulson of Eastern Virginia Medical School) supports a multi-dimensional postpartum depression. It argues PPD can be caused not only by hormones, but also situational issues such as sleep deprivation, financial pressure, separation anxiety, and so on. So?

Well, if PPD isn't only due to crashing and raging post-pregnancy hormones, but the pressure of new baby life, it naturally follows that PPD can hit Mommy-- and Daddy.

What's important here isn't only the science. The NPR article linked above highlights a major issue regarding men and depression: Many more American men than women suffering depression will never admit to their struggle.

If you or someone you know is a new Daddy and could be suffering from post-partum depression, seek support. Don't be ashamed and don't be silent. You'll be an even better Daddy for seeking help.

Read about one Dad's struggle here.
Seek online support here.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting! I never thought about (and I guess most of the world is with me) about men getting PPD. Good that people are talking about it!