Signs of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety in Men

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Men and women can experience depression very differently. Here are some symptoms that are common in men:

  • Increased anger and conflict with others
  • Increased use of alcohol or prescription/street drugs
  • Frustration or irritability
  • Violent behaviour
  • Significant weight gain or loss
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Being easily stressed
  • Impulsiveness or risk taking (this kind of behaviour can include reckless driving or extramarital affairs)
  • Feeling discouraged; cynicism
  • Increase in complaints about physical problems, like headaches, digestion problems or pain
  • Problems with concentration or motivation
  • Loss of interest in work, hobbies and/or sex
  • Working constantly
  • Concerns about productivity and functioning at work or school
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling sad or crying for no reason
  • Conflict between how you feel you should be as a man and how you are
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

Some of the factors that can contribute to depression in new or soon-to-be fathers include:

  • Personal history of depression
  • Family history of depression
  • Worries about being a parent
  • Feeling overwhelmed with expectations in your role at work and your role as a father
  • Financial problems
  • Lack of social and/or emotional support
  • Stress in relationship with family or spouse
  • Missing attention and/or sex from your partner
  • Stressful birthing experience
  • Lack of sleep after the baby is born
  • Feeling excluded from the bond between mom and baby
  • Being a new immigrant to Canada

Videos:

Pablo: A difficult balance
Pablo discusses the difficulty of balancing home and family obligations, particularly when one partner has PPD/A, and why doing so is vital.
To view video with written transcript, click here.

 


Allen: What PPD/A is
Allen describes his emotionally stressful and exhausting postpartum experience, which ultimately resulted in significant personal change.
To view video with written transcript, click here.

 

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