Is Kanye West Battling Postpartum Depression? The Signs Say Yes!

Is Kanye West Battling Postpartum Depression? The Signs Say Yes!

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Meltdown, rants, mood swings, and worries over money have many wondering what’s going on with Kanye?! Though he’s known for his eccentric ways and narcissistic-type personality there seems to be something “different” going on. His wife, Kim Kardashian gave birth to their son, Saint West on December 5, 2015. Many expected a kinder, gentler, happier Kanye but that’s not what we’ve seen.

According to the website postpartummen.com, “…up to 1 in 4 new dads have postpartum depression.” This seldom talked about condition is not limited to a man’s first child either. A few famous women have come forward with their battles including Brooke Shields and most recently Hayden Panettiere. Could Kanye be suffering and not even realize it?
Based on media reports Kanye easily transitioned into fatherhood with North but that could be because she’s a girl. Whether you agree with the family’s decisions or not, everyone can agree that the Kris Jenner has raised a string of successful women. Not much pressure is on Kanye with raising North, but what about Saint?
There’s a lot of pressure to be a “good dad.”

Kanye has seldom talked about his own dad but a new song “Father Stretch My Hands” is an emotional tribute to him. In a recent twitter post the rapper shared, “I cried writing this…

Could the pressures of the biz, marriage, and raising a son drive Kanye into Postpartum Depression? Showbiz Spy reached out to a very close personal friend of Kanye’s and we are told: “Kanye has been acting really weird lately man, one minute he will be upset and the next minute he is pissed, he has been very hard to read lately. I am not sure what is going on with him, but he needs to get all this s**t figured out before he ruins his career.” Very well said in our opinion.

We’re not saying Kanye has the condition, but if you or someone you know does, there is help out there. You are not alone.

Here’s a look at a quick quiz that serves as a first step to help men identify the condition.

PPND Assessment
The following assessment will help you determine whether you might have PPND. It’s called the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale – or the EPDS, for short. It is the most widely used assessment for postpartum depression and anxiety. It has been tested and found effective with men.

INSTRUCTIONS: Please circle the number of the answer that comes closest to how you have felt in the past week – not just how you feel today.
1. In the past week I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things:
0. As much as I always could
1. Not quite so much now
2. Definitely not so much now
3. Not at all

2. In the past week I have looked forward with enjoyment to things:
0. As much as I ever did
1. Rather less than I used to
2. Definitely less than I used to
3. Hardly at all

3. In the past week I have blamed myself unnecessarily when things went wrong:
3. Yes, most of the time
2. Yes, some of the time
1. Not very often
0. No, never

4. In the past week I have been anxious or worried for no good reason:
0. No, not at all
1. Hardly ever
2. Yes, sometimes
3. Yes, very often

5. In the last week I have felt scared or panicky for no very good reason:
3. Yes, quite a lot
2. Yes, sometimes
1. No, not much
0. No, not at all

6. In the past week things have been getting on top of me:
3. Yes, most of the time I haven’t been able to cope at all
2. Yes, sometimes I haven’t been coping as well as usual
1. No, most of the time I have coped quite well
0. No, I have been coping as well as ever

7. In the past week I have been so unhappy that I have difficulty sleeping:
3. Yes, most of the time
2. Yes, sometimes
1. Not very often
0. No, not at all

8. In the past week I have felt sad or miserable:
3. Yes, most of the time
2. Yes, quite often
1. Not very often
0. No, not at all

9. In the past week I have been so unhappy that I have been crying:
3. Yes, most of the time
2. Yes, quite often
1. Only occasionally
0. No, never

10. In the past week the thought of harming myself has occurred to me:
3. Yes, quite often
2. Sometimes
1. Hardly ever
0. Never

How To Complete Your Assessment
• After you’ve answered each of the 10 questions, add together the numbers from each of your responses.
• If the total number is 5 to 8, it is likely that you have an anxiety disorder. If the total number is 9 to 10 or more, it is likely that you have depression.
• If the total number is five or more, further assessment by a licensed mental health professional is recommended. If any number other than “0” is circled for question 10, you should contact a mental health professional immediately.

The EPDS is an assessment tool and should not take the place of clinical judgment. A comprehensive clinical assessment by a licensed mental health professional should confirm your findings.
http://www.postpartummen.com/postpartum-depression.htm