Post Natal depression in men is such an important issue, but unfortunately men who suffer with post natal depression are often forgotten. Between three and 10 percent of men will experience post natal depression. It is often in conjunction with their partner having PND, and while this is a strong predictor it can also happen independently.
Research into men suffering from PND has found that if they are suffering at six weeks post birth, it is likely to still be present at six months post birth, and to be worse than what was experienced at six weeks.
It is also known that many men don’t access the services that their partners’ do, simply because they are not the primary carer of the baby and did not give birth to the child. They don’t have access to the MCH Nurse, to the obstetric or GP post-birth follow-up appointments that their partners attend. Because of this, they re more likely to slip through the net.
There are support networks available to assist men to recover from PND and it is important that they seek help. Like any major depression, PND requires early intervention in order to recover without any long term negative outcomes. There are many things that can be done to aid recovery. You can read more about how to cope with post natal depression here. It is important to seek help by visiting your GP or contact PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) for support.