When you think about postpartum depression, you may only consider how it impacts new mothers. And it’s no wonder: Cleveland Clinic notes that up to 75-percent of new moms experience “baby blues” following giving birth, and about 15-percent of them will develop a more serious form of depression known as postpartum depression (PPD).
However, a lesser talked about (and known) topic is how men are affected following the addition of a new baby. In fact, WebMD cites a study that suggests about 10-percent of new dads become depressed following a birth, which is almost in line with the rate of depression for new moms. PPD in men is sometimes also referred to as paternal postpartum depression (PPPD) or Paternal Postnatal Depression (PPND).
Let’s take a closer look at 12 things to know about postpartum in men…
Changes in Mood Coinciding With Childbirth
When looking for signs of postpartum depression in men, the onset of depression immediately or soon after becoming a dad is a big indicator, says WebMD. While “daddy blues” can last a few days, look for behaviors that might be out of character for the new dad, such as a low mood that’s not typical and that lasts for several weeks, says the source.
The site says if you notice some uncharacteristic signs from the father – such as becoming less interested in things he enjoys and having less energy for everyday tasks – then it may be time to seek medical help.