Postpartum Depression can Affect a Couple’s Relationship

While Postpartum Depression is thought of as a new mother’s illness, this far-reaching disease also takes a toll on the woman’s spouse or partner. Sadly, the couple’s relationship struggles, too.

When the new mom, because of her illness, temporarily or completely removes herself from day-to-day care of the baby, the other person in her life must step in. Often, these called-upon partners become depleted, as he or she may have a full-time job.

Frequently, in trying to keep up a career, while adding baby-care responsibilities and support for the postpartum mom, the toll can be overwhelming. And, when he or she is struggling with their own mood disorders, the situation becomes even more stressful.

Unfortunately, when a well-meaning spouse or partner keeps their personal troubles to themselves, it can only exacerbate the family’s problem. It’s understandable that the sacrificing partner believes it best to hide his or her own distress, but ofttimes, it only makes matters worse.

In addition, when Postpartum Depression strikes, the couple can feel disconnected from one another, which only adds to feelings of loneliness and alienation. Therefore, in order to aid and repair the couple relationship, it’s crucial that not only the mom takes part in treatment, but that her significant other also participates.

Starting on Page 41 of “Happy Endings, New Beginnings: Navigating Postpartum Disorders,” I provide a fuller discussion of Spousal Support and Things Spouses Can Do to Help Postpartum Moms.

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~ by ppdsus on April 4, 2013.

2 Responses to “Postpartum Depression can Affect a Couple’s Relationship”

  1. This would be a great focus for a couples group – maybe @ FN?

  2. I think we should talk soon about the possibility of a book reading/presentation and maybe another PPD group by Fall.

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