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Paternal postpartum depression can affect about 1 in 10 fathers worldwide. New fathers experience little sleep and new and increasing responsibilities that may cause stress and anxiety, all of which can lead to depression.
Fathers or partners with paternal postpartum depression experience a range of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes including sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that interfere with day-to-day life and routines.
If you are experiencing any signs and symptoms of postpartum depression, seek help by contacting your healthcare provider.
Therapy can be an effective way to address the way parents are feeling, thinking, and acting. Women struggling with postpartum depression can benefit from learning new ways to cope with stress, and how to manage their feelings. Involving significant others (for example, spouses, family) in treatment can also help improve communication and enlist their support and help during difficult times. Counseling may be done on an individual basis, or may be offered in a group through a formal group therapy program.
Antidepressants may be effective in treating postpartum depression. For more information about medication use contact your healthcare provider.
Support groups can be helpful in a variety of ways, including:
In addition to therapy and/or medication, many men benefit from supplemental support such as:
It is always important to mention all treatments, whether prescribed or not, with your healthcare providers.
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