What is postpartum depression for partners?

What is postpartum depression?

Partners of birthing parents can also experience changes in mental health in the postpartum period and can even experience postpartum depression. Know the symptoms of postpartum depression in co-parents and speak to your provider for resources and treatment if needed.

Postpartum depression is a depressive episode that typically begins within the first month postpartum, but can happen anytime during the first year and can affect any parent. You are not alone if you are experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression, it is more common than is widely discussed. Having a baby is a major adjustment for everyone involved in raising the child.

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms of postpartum depression in partners could be the same as those for birthing person:

  • Depressive symptoms past two weeks postpartum

  • Loss of interest in activities or people (and the baby) that used to bring joy.

  • Trouble falling and staying asleep (even when the baby is asleep)

  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain

  • Excessive feelings of guilt, sadness, anxiety, worthlessness, restlessness or agitation

  • Being unable to concentrate or remember things, which is worsened by sleep deprivation

In the partner, signs and symptoms may include:

  • increased anger/irritability

  • impulsiveness/risk-taking

  • increased use of alcohol or drugs

  • problems at work or school

When to get help

Being honest and open with your partner, a trusted friend, family member, or care provider is the first step to destigmatizing your feelings and getting help.

Koble sessions:

Postpartum depression in partners by Aliza Shupac.

Other resources:


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