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Why fathers have post-natal depression

first_imgHealthLifestyle Why fathers have post-natal depression by: – May 28, 2011 24 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! By Philippa RoxbyHealth reporter, BBC NewsMen can feel the stress and responsibility of fatherhood weighing heavily on their shouldersA Gloucester man has been acquitted of murdering his six-month-old daughter, after saying he had had post-natal depression. The case of Mark Bruton-Young has put the issue of men who struggle to cope with becoming fathers in the headlines.One out of every seven new mothers has post-natal depression – but, according to the Fatherhood Institute, one out of every 10 fathers are depressed both before and after their baby is born.The peak time for fathers’ depression is thought to be between three and six months after the birth.Like women, they can struggle with the huge life changes a baby brings, says Fatherhood Institute research head Adrienne Burgess.“Hormones, lack of sleep, increased responsibility and general life stresses can apply to men just as much to women,” she said.“And if their partner is depressed, then men are more likely to be too.”Men and women who have pre-existing mental health problems are more at risk of developing depression after the birth of a child.But a father’s depression can begin during pregnancy, when relationships are already changing. Fathers can feel left out while their partner is the focus of increased attention.Association for Post-natal Illness counsellor Liz Wise says: “Women can feel they do things best, like changing a nappy or feeding.“They can be quick to criticise their partners and take over.“They don’t think about how it could undermine a man’s confidence.“In the end their partner will stop offering to help and that could lead to a breakdown of communication and then resentment.”It has also been suggested fatherhood is not recognised as a life-changing event, the way motherhood is.Ms Burgess finds it shocking that fathers are not invited to ante-natal appointments.“When the pregnancy is confirmed, the GP should invite the mother and father to come in.“We need a directive that says you should ask about the women’s partner too.“That way they can pick up if he has any issues.“Then they’re more likely to be able to assess the more vulnerable men.”Both mothers and fathers can feel tired, stressed, emotional, inadequate and guilty as a result of being depressed – but they react to those feelings in different ways, which can make picking up the signs more difficult.It is said that men with depression get mad, while women get sad.Drinking too much, self-medicating and having affairs can all be signs of fathers with depression, say experts.“Men are probably better at bullying the world around them when they are not happy, whereas women tend to internalise more,” says Phillip Hodson, fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.Research also indicates children are at increased risk of emotional and behavioural problems in families where fathers are depressed soon after the birth, the impact can be traced up to the age of 11, and boys are more affected than girls.“If you’re really seriously, clinically depressed you care about nothing,” says Mr Hodson.“Depression is the worst pain imaginable and it’s almost inevitable that someone else has to get involved to get you out of it.”The key is to access that support at the earliest available opportunity.Counselling, psychotherapy, cranial osteopathy, massage and reflexology are all seen as potentially therapeutic, as well as resting, eating properly and writing down feelings in a journal.Ms Wise says men should be treated in the same way as women.“We tell them it’s not uncommon, it’s nothing to be ashamed of and we give them as much information as we can.“Sometimes just acknowledging it works, and counselling and talking about it helps too.”Parenting charity the National Childbirth Trust has produced a leaflet for fathers, called Becoming a Parent.It says: “Remember dads can also suffer from the depression, brought on by anxiety about their new circumstances.“Don’t bottle it up. Speak to your partner and your family and friends. Find out if there are dads’ groups locally that you could meet with.”BBC News Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Monk: Shelvey can step up

first_imgJonjo Shelvey failed to fill Steven Gerrard’s boots at Liverpool – but his Swansea manager Garry Monk insists he can do it for England. Shelvey was called up to the England squad on Thursday for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia, exactly two years after winning his solitary senior cap. During that time Shelvey has left Merseyside in a £5million deal, with Swansea set to pay another £1m in add-ons for a 22-year-old midfielder who made his Charlton debut at the age of 16 and was once seen as the heir apparent to Gerrard in the Liverpool engine room. He signed for Liverpool in May 2010 for an initial fee of £1.7m, but he made only 17 Premier League starts in three seasons on Merseyside and famously became involved in a touchline row with Sir Alex Ferguson after being sent off against Manchester United at Anfield in September 2012. “He got his move to Liverpool and, for certain reasons, it didn’t quite work out for him there,” said Monk. “But I have always said to him you are in a place where it will give him a great platform to perform and produce the potential he has. “When he first came here it was a bit of a shock to the system for him. He was at a club which wasn’t the stature of Liverpool and it took him some time to adjust. “But having spoken to him a lot about these situations, he has to make the most of it. “He realises that and being called up for England will enhance that feeling. “Hopefully he will take the chance to get on in his career because I think in the future he is going to be a very good player.” Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game at home to Newcastle, Monk accused television of adding to Alan Pardew’s misery at Stoke on Monday night, claiming there was an agenda against the under-fire Magpies boss. Pardew ‘s job prospects looked bleak after Monday’s 1-0 defeat to the Potters but he remains in charge for the trip to south Wales. Monk said: “I don’t like seeing the agenda in the televised game at Stoke the other night. “Every time there was a bad mistake or some sort of attack against Newcastle they’d pan to the manager and the chairman. “It was a bit of a farce for me and I thought there was an agenda behind it. “But Alan’s an experienced manager, he’s in a difficult moment and he’s been through the mill but he’s a very good manager.” Press Association England manager Roy Hodgson spoke highly of Shelvey after handing him his first cap against San Marino in October 2012 and also while he was on Under-21 duty and Monk believes the Romford-born player now has the perfect opportunity to replace Gerrard, who retired from international football in July. “It has come in a roundabout way for him, he could have done it for Liverpool but he can do it for England,” Monk said. “He left Liverpool and came to us and it’s now another route for him. “You just have to make sure when that happens to a player they don’t lose sight of what they are trying to be, which is to be the best player they can be. “It has to be the aim. All they can do is improve and hopefully this will be a good confidence boost for him, a realisation that you have got the chance and that is in your hands. “You have to make the most of these chances, especially playing for your country.” Shelvey has been one of Swansea’s stand-out performers in the early part of the season, with Monk’s men occupying fifth place in the Barclays Premier League. But it has not always been easy for Shelvey after breaking through at Charlton at such a young age. last_img read more

Severe Weather Possible for South Florida Early This Weekend

first_imgMeteorologists with the NWS stated, “The main hazards with these storms look to be gusty winds, small hail, minor localized flooding, and funnel clouds. Given the instability and shear, a brief tornado can’t be entirely ruled out.”The showers should gradually decrease throughout the day Saturday, as a cooler and drier air mass makes its way to the state. High temperatures Saturday will be in the mid- to upper-70s, with gusty winds turning from southwest to northwest.Game Day Sunday will start off cold and clear, continuing cool and sunny. High temperatures will be in the upper 60s, with breezy northwesterly winds. Super Bowl weekend will bring with it a mixed bag of weather, according to meteorologists.A cold front attached to a low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico is forecast to reach South Florida late Friday night, increasing the possibility of strong thunderstorms into Saturday morning.The National Weather Service in Miami is placing Palm Beach County under a “marginal risk” of severe weather overnight on Friday, while Broward and Miami-Dade have a more severe risk level of “slight.”That “slight” risk will extend from Broward into Central Palm Beach County for Saturday morning.Jan 30 @ 5 pm – Severe thunderstorms and localized flooding are possible Fri Night into Sat AM. Keep up with the forecast and have a way to receive warnings if they’re issued! #flwx— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) January 30, 2020last_img read more


first_imgHundreds of people are expected to attend a public meeting on proposed wind turbines for the Killygordon area.Sinn Féin Councillor Liam Doherty, has called on Minister Alan Kelly to do more to protect communities from the divisive nature of wind farm developments, stating that the interests of communities must come before those of developers.He made his comments ahead of tonight’s public meeting which has been organised by locals opposed to the planned wind farm development for Carrickduff Hill and Lismullyduff. “As we’ve already seen from the recent experiences of communities such as in the Midlands – or closer to home in Glenties – Wind Farms have the potential to polarise and divide communities and I am fearful that this too may happen in the Finn Valley.”“Of course, this Government has done absolutely nothing to alleviate this situation; their inaction has allowed this debacle to fester and this is having massive implications for rural Ireland.”“Current guidelines suggest a setback distance of 500m between a turbine and a dwelling while also allowing a night time noise limit which greatly exceeds that set by the World Health Organisation as being safe for human health – the guidelines clearly need updating.”“Environment Minister Alan Kelly has said that he is reviewing current energy planning guidelines, however, when you consider that the current government has been in power since 2011, we have been waiting far too long for a review to be carried out.” “They have yet to do anything to address or correct this situation and, as we’ve seen, current guidelines fail to properly protect homeowners from the negative impact of these developments.”“This stalemate is dividing communities the length and breadth of Ireland, but this needn’t have to be the case if the appropriate safeguards were introduced.”“Sinn Féin has been the only party to put forward a viable, coherent and practical policy with regards to the regulation of wind farms, that’s why the party tabled the Wind Turbine Regulation Bill last year, which would have introduced proper zoning regulation, established minimum setback distancing as well as making it mandatory for developers to engage in consultation with the local community.”“Under the Department’s current guidelines, there is no requirement for developers to sit down and participate in talks with the local community affected – that is ridiculous!”“Our position on this is very clear: nobody is against wind energy however what people are against is being forced to live with the consequences of bad planning decisions.” “If Sinn Féin’s proposals were enacted, and if the Minister implemented the measures which we had previously put forward, then the current debacle in the Finn Valley could have been avoided – he has failed the people here.“Under our proposals, Ireland could potentially lead the way in Renewal Energy and Sustainable Development – we could be a Model of Best Practice around the world.”“In relation to the planned development for the Finn Valley, objections to planning authorities and to Minister Alan Kelly are now being prepared by the local community and I of course welcome tonight’s meeting as it will enable local people to become engaged in healthy debate surrounding this issue and to have their voices heard.”“I am now calling on the Minister to give serious consideration to the various concerns of the local community here, and I would ask that he now sit down and meet with them as their concerns, as well as the concerns of other communities, may help in shaping any future Planning Guidelines.” HUNDREDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND WIND TURBINE MEETING IN CROSSROADS TONIGHT was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more