It can be extremely frustrating to live with someone's who's depressed, especially when you have a new baby and it seems like the house is crowded with things that need to get done right now. What you think might help, might not. Or, could even make things worse. Remember, you cannot fix this. You cannot make this go away. No matter how hard you try or how much you love your wife, recovery takes longer than you want it to. You must be willing to wait this out with her.
I'm hoping these suggestions will help the two of you.
Her moods and emotional vulnerability will get in the way of good communication for now.
Here's what you're up against:
But you can:
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Adapted from The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman, MSW
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