Post-natal depression and men
It's well known that new mothers are prone to depression. What's less widely recognised is that the condition can affect men as well.
One study revealed that one man in ten may suffer from depression either during his partner's pregnancy or shortly after the birth. The research shows that a man is more likely to become depressed if his partner is depressed too. The implications for the baby of having two depressed parents could be serious, with long-lasting consequences.
Perhaps it's not so surprising that men suffer from post-natal depression. The birth of a new baby is a major life change and such events, even when they are positive, can often trigger a period of depression.
What's more, a man may find it hard to adjust to (apparently) taking second place in his partner's affections. The chances are she'll be exhausted, less interested in sex, and will be devoting most of her time and energy to the new arrival. With paternity leave still being the exception rather than the rule, a man may find himself shouldering the usual responsibilities at work, while his domestic circumstances change dramatically.
Page created on February 28th, 2010
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