Postpartum depression is common and can occur in both men and women and can be triggered by fear of becoming a mother, increased responsibility, being a single parent or having relationship difficulties, for example.
Symptoms of this type of depression can be noticed soon after birth, when the woman feels sad all the time, is not interested in the baby, has low self-esteem and does not feel able to take care of herself and the baby, for example.
Symptoms of postpartum depression may occur soon after birth, or up to one year after the birth of the baby, and usually include:
In the first few days and up to the first month of the baby's life, it is normal for the woman to have some of these symptoms because the mother needs time to adjust to the baby's needs and changes in her life.
However, when symptoms of postpartum depression persist for 2 weeks or longer, it is advisable to consult a psychiatrist to assess the situation and initiate appropriate treatment.
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Can you still see the fun side of things?
Have I faced the future with joy?
Do you feel that it's always your fault if things go wrong?
Are you anxious or worried even for no reason?
Am I scared or panicked for no reason?
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the tasks and happenings of everyday life?
I've been so sad that I even have trouble mastering.
I'm not sure why but I'm very sad and I cry easily.
I've been so sad that I cry several times a day.
How many times has it crossed your mind to do harm to yourself or the baby?
Men may also have postpartum depression, and symptoms may be noticeable from the end of gestation to the first year of the baby's life. The man usually presents irritability and impatience, sadness, negative thoughts, unwillingness to live with other people, easy and constant crying, lack of appetite and anxiety, for example.
In addition, the man may lack attention and, in case he has other children, have difficulty relating to his children.
Generally, the symptoms of postpartum depression in men are related to increased responsibilities related to providing a good life to the baby and giving emotional support to the wife. Thus, the man with symptoms of postpartum depression should also consult a psychologist or psychiatrist to initiate appropriate treatment.
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