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Do you think men can suffer from postpartum depression????

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Asked by MarcRyan at 7:42 PM on Jan. 27, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • No, because they don't carry the child and experience the surge of hormones. I think they can get blue, but not PPD. PPD is a clinical term that only women can experience.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:43 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • They can suffer from depression, and it may be postpartum (their wife's) but they don't suffer PPD. They may feel a let down after the excitement and anticipation in the pregnancy and the charged up emotions of the delivery and bringing baby home. They may feel tired from the stress of having a baby in the house and especially at first because of the emotions of the wife as her hormones change. He may feel tired because he is needed to do a lot for for a while- arrange for food, probably cleaning and laundry, maybe caring for the baby and other children. So it is understandable if he feels the impact of the baby, but it isn't a hormonal change other than perhaps hormonal changes due to excitement or sleep deprivation.

    Answer by Bmat at 7:47 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • PPD, maybe not but men can go through "couvade" in which they deal with the same symptoms as their pregnant wives including weight gain, emotions and even labor pains. It's pretty interesting. Also researches in Canada have demonstrated that fathers-to-be undergo hormonal changes as the birth of their child approaches. The researchers found that men's testosterone production leveled off significantly in the three weeks preceding the delivery of their child, then increased markedly after the birth. Estrogen production was significantly higher in fathers-to-be than in the control group while the levels of cortisol were lower in soon-to-be fathers.

    Answer by celticreverie at 8:00 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • Also men do produce oxytocin after birth too, it helps with the bonding so there emotions can go crazy.

    Answer by celticreverie at 8:02 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • Yes especially when they start to think about money.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:05 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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