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Postpartum Depression in Men

PPD in MenTraditionally seen as a condition that only affects women, researchers estimate that 4 to 25 percent of men experience postpartum depression (or PPD) in the first two months following childbirth1, and that number increases to 68% over the first five years in fathers around age 252. Younger fathers were more at risk of developing paternal PPD if they lived in the same home as their children.

The scope of paternal PPD is still being studied as initial research used diagnostic criteria for maternal PPD to examine paternal PPD and more accurate tools are still being developed to test and measure symptoms of PPD in men. Thankfully, the range of studies and research has increased in the past few years as scientists work to understand PPD better in both men and women.

Depression symptoms in fathers are often similar to those experienced by women affected by PPD (e.g., general depressive symptoms such as sadness, fatigue, appetite changes, feelings of worthlessness, and/or negative feelings or lack of concern for themselves or the baby) but PPD can often present quite differently in men. Sudden outbursts of anger or irritability, impulsiveness (e.g., drinking too much, overeating, pursuing an affair), and immersing themselves in work can all be signs of PPD. Many men characterize these feelings as experiencing a sudden loss of control of their lives, which can lead to erratic behavior not commonly associated with depression.

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Why Does Mommy Hurt? This Book Will Tell You

Credit Becky A. Gardner

How do you explain chronic pain and depression to a little child? You write a book of course. At least that’s what Elizabeth Christy did when her son was old enough to notice her illness. “I think the word ‘chronic,’ especially, is hard to explain to children,” Elizabeth says, “my son often gets frustrated; especially when he wants to do something like walk to the playground when I am having a bad day”.

Elizabeth Christy suffers from Fibromyalgia, a frustrating and debilitating disease characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. It amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals .

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5 Common Myths About Postpartum Depression

Pregnant woman, bellyPostpartum depression (PPD) attacks thousands of women each year, it affects almost 30% of new mothers in America and Mexico alone[1] making it one of the most common post pregnancy complications. The lack of knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of PPD has created powerful myths that impact the lives of many families during one of what should be the happiest moment in a woman’s life. In an effort to raise awareness of an often underrated illness, here are five false myths surrounding postpartum depression.

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When To Treat Major Depression Without Drugs

antidepressant side effectsThere are many names to describe Major Depressive Disorder; clinical depression, unipolar depression, or simply major depression. What causes it is still unclear; while there is evidence pointing out to a genetic link between generations there is also strong evidence suggesting environmental and behavioral causes. If left untreated it can go on for months to years. Treating major depression requires more intensive treatment than a single episode of depression because of the severity of the symptoms and the duration of them.

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Postpartum Depression What, When, Why, and How

postpartum depression and tms therapyAfter giving birth, many women can start experiencing depression symptoms.  In many of these cases this sensation – also called ‘baby blues’ – is temporary and mainly due to the many changes a woman experiences during pregnancy and delivery. In some cases; however, postpartum depression could be the underlying cause.

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“How I Finally Beat Depression” – TMS Therapy in Good Housekeeping Magazine

good housekeeping magazineIn this month’s edition of Good Housekeeping magazine we get to meet Carmen, a TMS therapy success story. Carmen’s life was that of the perfect southern belle; she was part of her high school’s cheerleading team in Memphis and was about to head to the national championships. This all changed drastically after she suffered a knee injury that forced her to quit the activity she enjoyed the most and sent her life spiraling out of control and into depression. After two kids, a divorce, and a miscarriage Carmen quietly withdrew from the world.

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Parenting and Depression

parenting and depression

A recent article with CNN Health highlighted some of the many obstacles parents suffering from depression have to endure;  child meltdowns, crazy schedules, anxiety and exhaustion. Many parents are ‘used to’ the stress that comes with raising little ones and fail to identify the red flags of depression that pop up along the way.  Their everyday stress starts well before the kids leave for school and well after they go to bed.    Constant running around, homework, sibling fighting, nagging, screaming, pleading, quick meal planning and bedtime chaos – a typical day for parents – with kids finally asleep and leaving parents with  t no energy to take care of themselves. Soon enough they are engulfed in a cycle of parenting causing anxiety, which causes anxiety affecting their parenting skills.

 

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When It Comes To Depression, Men and Women Experience It Differently

Men and women experience depression differentlyAlthough women are twice as likely as men to have depression, men are four times more likely to commit suicide. These statistics barely give you a glimpse of the complexity of depression depending on gender.

Depression through the eyes of men

Depression in men is harder to diagnose since they tend to mask them by overworking or other vices, such as alcohol, drugs, or smoking. Since men have greater problems expressing their emotions, their underlying depression often goes untreated for long periods of time with serious consequences such as a steep suicide rate.

The physical symptoms that often accompany depression are usually the most prominent signs that something is wrong. Men show an increase in fatigue, irritability, and anger, but these symptoms are often disregarded as simply ‘a bad day at work’.  This mentality makes it even harder to properly diagnose depression.. Psychologists, physicians, and loved ones should be on the lookout for the early signs of depression and hidden feelings or symptoms of depression.

 

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Antidepressants and pregnancy: What to do now

Pregnancy causes all kinds of psychological and physical changes [1] in women and it also exposes both mother and fetus to numerous risks. Postpartum depression is the most common complication, affecting 10 to 15% of new mothers. If left untreated, it can negatively impact an infant’s mental and physical development. Treating Postpartum Depression can be tricky; mothers have been hesitant about taking antidepressants out of concerns how it will affect the baby. TMS Therapy has shown promising results in treating depressed mothers; however, antidepressants are still being used by the majority.

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