Did you know that between 5-10% of partners get postpartum depression or anxiety? For the purpose of this post, we’re going to shed some light on fathers who get postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression and anxiety in partners – Some Facts
- Postpartum depression and anxiety aren’t just for moms.
- Between 5 and 10 percent of new fathers in the United States suffer from PPD, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
- One study shows that the risk goes up to 24 to 50% for men whose partners suffer from PPD.
- Overall, the findings of said study complement previous studies on barriers for fathers suffering from PPD.
- Researchers said encountering a lack of information and stigma often causes dads to distance themselves from their child and has been associated with marital difficulties.
- “The expectations society gives to men of what they are supposed to be, what they are supposed to do, and how they do it was a significant factor in how many of these men chose to cope with life stressors,” the researchers wrote.
- “Because men are already less likely than women to seek professional help for depression, it is vital that the stigma of PPD decreases,” they added.
- “Because paternal involvement is a significant factor in the healthy development of children, it would seem wise to make information about paternal PPD more available in order to combat its negative impact on families.”
How often do you hear about men suffering from postpartum depression? There is a huge stigma for women suffering from this disease, but the stigma for men is even worse! 😢
Tag your partner or a male friend in this post! If we band together and talk about these issues, it will help decrease the stigma and make it easier for men to seek help.
Originally posted 2021-05-04 16:06:35.