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If you're man is experiencing postpartum depression learn why and 4 ways you can help.

Postpartum Depression (PPD) doesn't just affect women, it can also affect our partners. Men, particularly may demonstrate early symptoms of PPD that we just aren't aware of. This month we've focused on teaching women (and men) more about how common it is for men experience this slump when baby is born. Today, I met with Core System Specialist and Father of 4 (including twins), Jim Harrison, DPT to chat about his experiences. Jim had fantastic advice on how he and his wife worked together to overcome challenges and depression, in early parenting years.

Watch the interview here.

Understanding the physiology behind depression - particularly in men, can help...

The path for many into postpartum depression is gradual, so much so, that it can be difficult to tell that the water is hot because it warmed up so slowly.  For others, a more abrupt change is seen, particularly with loss (a death, a divorce) or a perceived loss. Nearly every mother I've spoken to has felt at some time what we term Baby Blues, simply by the nature of what we've been through. 

The physical and emotional stress of childbirth.

Elevated hormones that mimic our stress response. 

Foods that stress our bodies ability to maintain homeostasis.

Lack of restorative sleep and time to care for ourselves.

All of these things push us toward or past our threshold to maintain homeostasis, to cope, and we begin to decompensate.  For...

February 3, 2018

Postpartum Depression (PPD). Let's talk about it...why it happens, who it happens to and how to tell if you are experiencing symptoms? I am passionate about this subject as I experienced it myself. I want to share my story with you.  

Having my first child, I thought things would be easy. I read all the books and had so many great friends and moms surrounding me. I exercised, slept and had a supportive husband. My daughter was healthy and happy --so why wasn't I?  

Symptoms of PPD can be tricky to identify because the early weeks of motherhood are challenging to both the mind and body, and so many changes are happening at once.  

Symptoms include:

  • difficulty sleeping

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