Will Courtenay, PhD Psychotherapist, explains the signs of postpartum depression in men, which can be difficult to recognize due to the fact that men experience and cope with depression differently than women do. 1 in 7 fathers, however, will struggle with depression so it is important to know how to recognize the signs.
Dr. Will Courtenay is known as “The Men’s Doc”, and the author of Dying To Be Men
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the signs of postpartum depression and men are not so easy to spot that's because when we think of somebody who's depressed we usually picture in our mind somebody's sad and crying but depression doesn't always look like depression in men it could look more like irritability and anger or working constantly or withdrawing from others or drinking or gambling too much these are some of the ways that men experience and cope with depression differently than women do now we can also see what are considered classic signs of depression in men so a sad mood or a loss of interest in hobbies or sex a sense of worthlessness or thoughts of suicide but what's important to keep in mind is that men often times hide their depression that's because there's a cultural myth in our society men don't get depressed what that tells men is that they shouldn't get depressed and so they try to hide it so looking for anything that's sort of out of the ordinary for a man is important men are also more likely to experience somatic problems or physical problems that are result of or reflect an underlying depression so the guy who has constant stomach aches are constant headaches may also be experiencing depression