1 in 10 men have symptoms of a perinatal mood disorder like anxiety or depression.
Researchers have found that the predominant signs were restlessness, irritability, low tolerance for stress, and lack of self-control.
Someone with PPD might experience feelings of anger, sadness, irritability, guilt, lack of interest in the baby, changes in eating and sleeping habits, trouble concentrating, thoughts of hopelessness and sometimes even thoughts of harming the baby or themselves.
Someone with PPA may experience extreme worries and fears, often over the health and safety of the baby. Some people have panic attacks and might feel shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, a feeling of losing control, and numbness and tingling.
Someone with PPOCD can have repetitive, upsetting and unwanted thoughts or mental images (obsessions), and sometimes they need to do certain things over and over (compulsions) to reduce the anxiety caused by those thoughts. These individuals find these thoughts very scary and unusual and are very unlikely to ever act on them.
Post Partum Support International has a whole section for support for dads, including a weekly chat just for dads.
Call your Primary Care Network
Call the mental health resource line in your area (if there is one) - Alberta is 211
This hands-on guide includes straightforward, supportive information and specific recommendations to help partners deal with the impact of depression after the birth of a baby.
The virtual library of the Seleni Center has a number of articles about supporting mothers with perinatal mood disorders. Learn more...
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