Mendem Health will provide care for male patients who are struggling with depression and anxiety related to postpartum issues or issues related to sexual abuse/domestic violence. Our provider has more than 10 years of experience working with survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, human trafficking, and strangulation.
Postpartum Depression in Dads
Postpartum depression is not exclusive to mothers and can also affect fathers. It is estimated that around 10% of new fathers experience postpartum depression, although the actual number may be higher due to underreporting.
The signs and symptoms of postpartum depression in fathers can be like those in mothers, but may also include:
- Difficulty bonding with the baby
- Irritability or anger
- Increased alcohol or substance use
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Changes in appetite or sleep patterns.
Risk factors for postpartum depression in fathers may include a history of depression or anxiety, financial stress, lack of social support, and relationship difficulties. It is important for fathers to seek help if they are experiencing any symptoms of postpartum depression, as it can have a significant impact on their own mental health as well as the well-being of their partner and baby.
Treatment options for postpartum depression in fathers may include therapy, medication, and lifestyle modifications. It is important for fathers to also prioritize self-care and seek social support during this challenging time.
Men and Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects both men and women. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner, and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Additionally, men are often less likely to report instances of domestic violence due to societal stigmas and beliefs that men are supposed to be strong and not show vulnerability.
It’s important for men who are experiencing domestic violence to seek help from trained professionals or domestic violence hotlines and to create a safety plan to protect themselves from further harm. Resources are available to provide support and guidance for men who are experiencing domestic violence.
Most common medications used to treat depression and anxiety in men
The most common medications used to treat depression and anxiety in men are the same as those used for women include:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs): such as sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac), and escitalopram (Lexapro)
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs): such as venlafaxine (Effexor) and duloxetine (Cymbalta)
- Benzodiazepines: such as alprazolam (Xanax) and lorazepam (Ativan), although these are typically used for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms and may be habit-forming
- Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs): such as amitriptyline (Elavil) and nortriptyline (Pamelor)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs): such as phenelzine (Nardil) and tranylcypromine (Parnate), are less commonly used due to potential interactions with certain foods and medications.
It is important to note that medication is not always the first line of treatment for depression and anxiety, and lifestyle changes and psychotherapy may also be effective interventions. The choice of medication will depend on individual factors such as the type and severity of symptoms, medical history, and potential side effects. It is important for men to work closely with their healthcare providers to find the most appropriate treatment plan for their specific needs.