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.
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...