Fathers, Traumatic Birth Syndrome
and Postnatal Depression
According to recent research, at least 1 in 10 fathers suffer from Paternal PostNatal Depression (PPND) after
their babies are born. And because new fathers frequently do not seek assistance for this issue, the true
incidence may be much higher. Once the child reaches the 6 to 9 month age range, fathers are even
likely to experience PPND. At that point, the rate is up to 25%, or one in four dads. Regardless of the age of
the child, if a man's partner is experiencing postpartum depression (PPD), he is at an even higher risk. Men
are 50% more likely to suffer from PPND if their partners have postpartum depression.

It's been proven that depression in fathers negatively affects their children. It also affects everything from
men's physical health to their relationships, and even their professional lives. Maternity and postpartum
caregivers must begin to screen mothers
and fathers for signs of postpartum depression, and expectant
and new parents should be made aware of the signs and signals of PPD in both men and women. Note that
depressed fathers may have very different symptoms than depressed mothers, and men are even more
likely to try to hide and/or deny their symptoms.
Scroll down for a list of warning signs in men.

The transitions of the childbearing year (both physical and emotional) are major and life-changing, and may
indeed be the cause of some postpartum depression in mothers and fathers. However, it is also possible
that new parents may become depressed
as a result of trauma experienced during the pregnancy, birth and/or
. When this is the case, the postpartum depression is only a symptom. Treating the depression
without acknowledging and addressing its root cause-- trauma-- may temporarily improve the symptoms, but
is unlikely to resolve the problem. In contrast, identifying and addressing the root cause is the most
efficient, effective way to permanently resolve the core issue and its related symptoms.
Do you know the warning signs
and symptoms of paternal
postnatal depression (PPND)?
This list of symptoms is neither designed nor intended to be used for diagnosis. The information below is paraphrased from psychotherapist Will Courtenay's
www.postpartummen.com, and is provided here as a public service. Persons suffering from trauma, depression or emotional distress may have all,
some or none of these symptoms at any given time. The symptoms of depression and/or trauma may be delayed in onset, and an individual's symptoms
may change over time, worsen or improve even without care. Please take responsibility for all aspects of your health, including your emotional health.
  • Increased anger
  • Increased conflicts with others
  • Aggression
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, favorite things
  • "Out of the ordinary" behavior, moods, actions
  • Increased isolation, withdrawal
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Violence
  • Physical complaints without medical cause
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