For years, postpartum depression has been thought of as a condition only new moms grapple with. Now, research is finally shedding light on the difficult truth that men are suffering, as well. A recent study on paternal postnatal depression (PPND) out of Northwestern University, published in Pediatrics, followed 10,000 men and found that for dads who lived with their children and were around 25 years old, depressive symptoms increased by 68 percent during their child's first five years of life. What's more, these symptoms often go unrecognized and fail to be addressed.
Without treatment, postpartum mood disorders often worsen. "This can result in damaging, long-term consequences for a man, his marriage, and his entire family," explains Will Courtnenay, PhD, LCSW, author of Dying to Be Men (Routledge, 2011), and founder of the website SadDaddy.com.
Here, 11 facts couples should know about the underdiagnosed condition ...