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Male Post-Partum Depression: 10 Symptoms To Watch Out For

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The human brain is a complex organ that reacts to various situations in different ways. This powerful organ is often underestimated by many people.

Scientists have merely studied 3% to 5% of the human brain. There is a lot more to ponder upon and study, before a conclusive summary can be reached at.

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There are many troubling questions that psychiatrists and scientists often fail to answer. Why do certain issues occur only to a set group of people, and is there any effective way to prevent certain psychiatric issues before they occur, are two of such questions.

There are other medical paradoxes that exist. Why do men react differently from women, even though they have the same diagnosis, is a paradox that scientists have been trying to answer.

Men and women act differently to emotions such as sadness, grief, loss and guilt. While women who are facing a loss tend to go into hiding; men, on the other hand, tend to show outward anger.

Although diagnosed with a similar syndrome, studies indicate that men and women show different symptoms, depending on various genetic and environmental factors.

Even in the case of post-partum depression, men and women react in a series of different ways.

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If your husband is angry after your first delivery, then continue reading, as the following paragraphs will elaborate on some of the tell-tale signs of male post-partum depression.

10 Symptoms To Vigilantly Watch Out For

  • Increased anger and a sudden tendency to get into fights with others
  • Increased use of tobacco, drugs, alcohol and other substances
  • Violent behaviour without much aggravation
  • The constant feeling of being discouraged and having a low self-esteem
  • Constant physical complaints of headache, stomach, joint pain, etc
  • Lack of focus, problems with concentrating on simple tasks
  • Fatigue and exhaustion, without any physical exertion
  • Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
  • Loss of interest in previously liked activities such as hobbies and sex
  • Extremist behaviour, not working at all or working too much
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How To React When Your Husband Has Post-partum Depression?

Chances are that you are already over-whelmed. You not only have to take care of your newborn baby, but also the sudden moods and reactions of your husband.

The most important thing to do in this situation is to remain calm. On a successful diagnosis, reminding yourself that your husband is suffering from a medical issue, which is not in his control, will help in the long run. Male post-partum depression can be treated with anti-depressants and mood stabilisers.

Yes, it might take a while for your husband to accept the situation and be ready for it to be treated. However, once the treatment has started, there is an excellent chance of recovery.

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Using safe and natural stress reduction medical aids can help in quickening the process of recovery. Sepia Officinalis is a homoeopathic aid that can be used to curb irritability during this phase of life.

Belladona is known for its relaxing properties and can aid in reducing the anger that men might feel.

Remember, it is always ideal to get a diagnosis from your family doctor before opting for a medication all by yourself. Therapy and marriage counselling can also aid in the attempts to mend your life.

Read more about: pregnancy, parenting, kids
Story first published: Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 20:00 [IST]
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