Postpartum Depression (PPD) in Women And Men

* AWOL, its representatives and its members are not giving health advice in any capacity. The following is simply meant to be informational, and if readers are struggling with postpartum depression, they are encouraged to seek professional medical assistance.


Introduction

Postpartum depression can drain the joy out of becoming a parent for anyone. Such a drastic change in life can result in mood swings, but postpartum depression is more than "having a bad day" or "feeling the baby blue's". Postpartum depression can last a long time if left untreated.



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Who does postpartum depression affect?

Postpartum depression is most commonly seen in women who have just delivered a baby. However, their partner can also suffer from postpartum depression. Adoptive parents can also experience postpartum depression. Essentially, it can affect anyone, and is likely caused by a combination of factors, such as environment (such as sleep deprivation), biology (such as family history), and personality.


What are symptoms of postpartum depression?

Some symptoms of postpartum depression can include, but are not limited to:

  • feeling sad, anxious, worthless, hopeless or guilty most of the time

  • easily angered

  • avoiding doing things you used to enjoy

  • memory and concentration disruption

  • physical symptoms, such as sleep and eating changes


How is postpartum depression treated?

If you are experiencing postpartum depression, some of the following activities can be helpful:

  • Different counselling methods, such as cognitive behavioural therapy

  • Support groups that help avoid isolation, provide a safe space for sharing experiences and learning from other parents' experiences

  • Eating well and sleeping as close to routinely as possible

  • Exercising regularly

  • Spending time doing activities you enjoy, and with people you enjoy

  • Making self-care a priority

  • Asking for help when you need it


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What do I do if someone I know appears to be struggling with postpartum depression?

Some things you can do to help support someone you know who may be struggling with postpartum depression are:

  • don't compare different children and families, no two experiences are the same and postpartum depression is no exception

  • assist with childcare, and anything else they might reasonably request

  • respect boundaries someone may put in place

  • recognize the difficulty and the work they have put into managing postpartum depression

  • direct them to various resources, like AWOL's Resources Lists

  • offer to accompany them to doctor's appointments if they request

  • seek support for yourself as well


What are resources to learn more about postpartum depression?

Below are resources where you can learn more about postpartum depression: