Postnatal Depression Affects Fathers Too

Postnatal depression has traditionally been seen as a condition that affects mothers.  However, research suggests that the condition is not restricted to mums.  A study by Paulson in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2010 found that roughly 10% of men became depressed during their partner’s pregnancy or after birth – not much lower than the rate of 13-14% seen in new mothers.  Interestingly, postpartum depression seems to develop more slowly in men than in women and is most prevalent between 3 and 6 months after birth, whereas women tend to experience its onset within a matter of weeks.

Although the causes of postnatal depression differ slightly between men and women, with hormonal changes playing a bigger role in mothers, the effects are similar regardless with the potential to create problems at work, with relationships and also have a detrimental impact on father-child bonding.  This in turn can have effects on child development.  Studies have shown that the children of fathers with untreated postnatal depression may suffer from language delay and emotional and behavioural problems in the long term.

So the message is – ‘sometimes dads need help too”.  Please see your doctor if you have persistent low mood, fatigue, appetite changes, feelings of worthlessness or loss of interest/enjoyment in things you previously found pleasurable.  Help is at hand for you too …..

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Dec
05

Exciting Times for the Perinatal Team

The Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team have been successful in their application to NHS England for additional funding to expand the existing perinatal team. We have recently shortlisted 5 candidates for interview for 2 band 6 Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Nurse posts and will be interviewing just before Christmas. We will also be advertising for […]

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Nov
07

‘Sour Milk’: Farah Hughes Photography

‘Sour Milk’ Farah Hughes has undertaken a BA in Applied Media. As part of her project she put together a fascinating series of images depicting post-natal depression as well as some information on the subject. To see Farah’s work and read about post-natal depression go to the following link http://farahhughes.photography/Sour-Milk

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Oct
31

‘Becoming a Mother’: A Hot Cup of Tea with Hollie McNish

  Woman’s Hour features a series on ‘Becoming a Mother’ where Hollie McNish has a series of discussions with people about her and their own experiences of motherhood.  In one episode http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04c06tr  Fiona Putnam discusses her experience of postnatal psychosis.

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Jul
01

Annual General Meeting

The Angela Harrison Charitable Trust held its Annual General Meeting on 08 June 2016. We welcomed Mandy Raywood, Manager of the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team at Cornwall Foundation Trust, to the committee. Sandra Batty has been re-elected as Treasurer, Jackie Harrison as Secretary and Dr Adrian Flynn as Chair. We are looking forward to another […]

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Jun
21

National Expert Visits Cornwall

Last year the Trust organised for Dr Liz MacDonald a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist from London with over 30 years’ experience in the area to come to Cornwall. Liz delivered three tailored half-day teaching programmes for Health Visitors and Midwives, Community Mental Health staff, GP’s and Psychiatrists. The training took place at the Alverton Manor and […]

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Nov
12

Celebrity Spotlight

There has been a lot of coverage in the news about post natal depression following the Heroes star Hayden Panettierre’s revelation of her own problems.  Hayden said that while she hasn’t experienced the extreme levels of depression some women do after giving birth, she has found it difficult at times. “I can very much relate,” […]

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Nov
03

Postnatal Depression Affects Fathers Too

Postnatal depression has traditionally been seen as a condition that affects mothers.  However, research suggests that the condition is not restricted to mums.  A study by Paulson in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2010 found that roughly 10% of men became depressed during their partner’s pregnancy or after birth – not much […]

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Oct
07

Our 10th Anniversary – “TIN”

It is our 10 year anniversary this year so I looked up which traditional present for this event you would expect to find and came up with Tin.  This is very ironic as we are a Cornish charity trust. Thinking about the word “TIN” and what this could symbolise to the Angela Harrison Charitable Trust, […]

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Oct
06

Educational events for health professionals in Cornwall

The Angela Harrison Charitable Trust is sponsoring three unique educational events for health professionals in Cornwall.  Dr Liz MacDonald, an expert in Perinatal Mental Health, will be coming to Cornwall and delivering tailored lectures and workshops for Psychiatric Nurses, Health Visitors and GP’s.  This is going to take place on 30 November, 1 and 2 […]

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Oct
06

Postpartum Confession

The Daily Mirror has recently featured the story of a new mum from America who has shared her feelings on-line. Danielle Haines from Arizona posted a page on Facebook of herself with her newborn son and received more than 22,000 comments.  She has since set up a website, Postpartum Confession (US term for postnatal), where […]

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