One out of seven women are shown to have postnatal depression while one out of ten men have the condition. Though it may be common, parents who suffer from postnatal depression go through extreme emotional pain every day and they feel like they don’t know what to do. Postnatal depression can create an extremely strong negative impact on the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of the sufferer wherein he or she will no longer have the will to continue and carry on with his or her daily routines. Of course, relationships would also take a heavy toll. If you think that you have postnatal depression, we recommend the following:
- Try to express how you feel more to your partner. Don’t be hesitant to talk about your feelings as keeping it in may be worse.
- Try to talk to a doctor regarding it.
- Go for therapy or counseling if you think you cannot cope.
If your partner has postnatal depression, you may try the following:
- Allow your partner to speak about his or her feelings without you reacting. Just listen and see how you can help.
- Always keep a cool head when your partner speaks about it.
Encourage your partner to seek help through therapy or counseling.