According to research published yesterday by James F. Paulson, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School, fathers in substantial numbers experience prenatal and postpartum depression.
His analysis shows that about 10 percent of fathers experience prenatal or postpartum depression. The first 3 months postpartum show the lowest rates of depression (7.7 percent), while the 3- to 6-month postpartum period shows the highest rate (25.6 percent).
The fathers depression may take a different tone, with more irritable and angry behaviors than the mother’s. And I have to wonder if the cause of Daddy’s blues is likely less chemically oriented than Mommy’s , but may nonetheless be potentially detrimental to the child.
Sounds like something for which we as parents should be on the lookout in both moms and dads. Family, friends and the medical community can also play an important role in identifying (as it isn’t always as easy for the sufferer to see in themselves) and helping.
What do you think? Are these daddy blues something you’ve seen in yourself or your spouse? What do you feel the cause may be? Perhaps sleep deprivation, added responsibilities or even less attention from the spouse? What do you think would be good ways to deal with it.
(Primary Source: www.evms.edu)