Postpartum Depression for Dads?
Recent research from the University of Oxford indicates that men can also suffer from a form of postpartum depression, and the symptoms — lack of energy, sleeplessness, anxiety and worry, fatigue, and weight gain, to name a few — can look a lot like the symptoms of a woman's postpartum depression. If your partner seems withdrawn, isn't participating in caring for the baby, is angry or irritable, or can't seem to get off of the couch, it's possible he's depressed. Depressed fathers can lead to behavioral problems in young children, and new mothers need the support of an engaged partner, so if you worry that your spouse might be depressed, it's a good idea to seek help. Both of you might benefit from therapy. If your spouse won't go to counseling, you can go by yourself to learn how to cope.