Gender Bias – Postpartum Depression

We all know that females are different that males in terms of healthcare.  And, regardless of the data, we all have biases in terms of what we believe.  These biases can cause issues.  (As I often say…”When you assume, you make an ass out of u and me.”)

That being said, I found the study a few months ago interesting where it said that 14% of American men develop depression either during their partner’s pregnancies or in the first year after delivery (peaking when babies are 3-6 months old). 

This is important since depression is correlated with lots of health issues and has a family impact.  The article mentions that children of depressed fathers have more emotional and behavioral problems than other kids at age 3 and more psychiatric disorders by age 7. 

An interesting note was:

“Any healthy adult who goes without good sleep for a month is liable to become depressed.”

The big takeaway from the study is that physicians (and other healthcare entities) need to treat the family around birth.  This is probably also a great opportunity for social media to support fathers as much of today’s infrastructure is set up to support the mother.

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