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Postpartum Depression in Men:Causes and Symptoms

Postpartum Depression in Men

Postpartum depression is a disorder that affects many mothers after having given birth to their children. Panic crisis, mood changes, crying, irritability, insomnia … There are many symptoms of postpartum depression. Not only do mothers suffer from it: some recent investigations have found that even the fathers suffer from this disorder that does not fully enjoy the joy of the child.
After the birth of the child there may be a period of irritability and sadness: this disorder immediately after birth is called baby blues. The baby blues can then turn into depression. A percentage between 7 and 10% of neopapas suffer from baby blues. That relating to mothers is around 12%: women are more likely to suffer after the birth of their children.



Depressed dads have less testosterone

The University of Southern California has studied postpartum depression in men or you can say in fathers. The correlation would be between depression and testosterone levels. High levels of this hormone help prevent postpartum depression in fathers.



Dads who suffer from this disorder after the birth of their children have a lower testosterone level. The researchers managed to find the link but still did not understand why. More research will be needed to fully understand the relationship.


Postpartum Depression in Men
Postpartum Depression in Men

Also estradiol and prolactin, two other hormones, change in the neopapas. Men tend even less than women to talk about it and get help. This is why postpartum depression in fathers is something very disturbing and of which we talk too little.



Postpartum Depression Symptoms:


Symptoms in depressive psychological disorders are often perceived in the behavioral mode of the patient. Although they are recurrent, more singular ones may appear and even these are susceptible to error. The following symptoms are able to configure postpartum depression in men:

• Constant insomnia and restlessness at night;
• The opposite of insomnia, unexplained exaggerated drowsiness;
• Refusal to relationship with others;
• Lack of appetite;
• Sensitive irritability;
• Fatigue;
• Indisposition;
.Feelings of being useless or guilty of any bad situation;
• Constant thoughts of death or suicide;
• Loss of interest in activities that previously offered pleasure;
• Lack of ability to keep quiet;
• Problems in staying focused on any subject;
• Frustration or discontent, leading to demotivation of undertaking new
• projects, work, study or maintain occupations;
• Weight loss;
• Discouragement;
• Emergence of addictions;
• Lack of sense of danger in various situations;
• Weeping crises;
• Social isolation;
• Lack of interest with the newborn.

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