More evidence that having a baby may in fact
be extremely crappy! I stand by my theory that we should all opt for PUPPIES instead. Hello hello everyone, Laci Green here for
DNews. Our society tends to frame having a new baby as something that’s really exciting
and wonderful…and that’s probably true for most. But for some, it can bring an onslaught
of serious challenges. Postpartum Depression, or PPD, is a type of depression experienced
mostly by new moms that is very severe and can last several months or years. It goes
beyond mood swings and anxiety – which are common after-birth experiences. PPD interferes
with her ability to handle everyday tasks by causing severe mood swings, feelings of
shame and inadequacy, difficulty bonding with the infant, and perhaps even thoughts about
harming them. Up to 1 in 5 women may experience PPD after they’ve given birth. The main cause
is thought to be hormonal, brought on by the fact that estrogen and progesterone rapidly
drop after childbirth. But, it’s not all physical. It can also be brought on by the stress of
a new baby, lifestyle changes, a lack of support, sleep deprivation–which may be at the heart
of a new study published in the journal Pediatrics examining PPD in fathers. The study looked
at over 10,000 young fathers for about 20 years and found that between 5 and 10% of
them experienced clinical depression in their first 5 years of being a dad. This was only
true for guys who became dads in their 20s who lived with their children. The scientists
don’t know what’s causing the PPD in fathers, but since there are no physical changes, it’s
likely brought on by the lifestyle changes that come with a new baby. They noted that
the transition to fatherhood can be a challenging one — especially when you’re young; you know,
you might not have a stable job or have married life itself fully worked out yet. The mental health status of parents is obviously
really important, not just because their quality of life is at stake, but the baby’s as well.
The first few months after an infant is born is when parent-infant attachment happens.
It’s the basis for the baby’s relationship with their caregivers as well as the outside
world. Studies have found that mothers with PPD have a harder time being that mediator.
Her personal challenges can cause a baby to develop a more fearful and suspicious disposition
toward life and other people in the future. A mother with PPD has also been linked to
behavioral problems in children. Scientists are now examining how the infant’s attachment
to the FATHER plays a role when the father is afflicted with PPD. So heyyyyy, pretty grim stuff. But – it’s
a reality for a lot of people, and fortunately, there are many therapeutic and prescription
treatments available to help parents cope so they can feel like themselves again and
get on with their lives. YAAAAY THANKS SCIENCE FOR HELPING PEOPLE. And thank YOU for watching,
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