How PND Affects Fathers
A father's wellbeing is equally important to the developing family as that of the mother. And with the stressors/anxiety related to their parenting role, fathers like mothers can suffer from depression. A father's depression can also be a consequence of their partner suffering from postnatal depression (PND). Making matters worse, dads are likely to think they 'just need to keep coping' as in general, they are not as open about their parenting experiences and emotional stress compared to mothers. Nor might they have social support networks which can help buffer the effects of mild depression.
In an attempt to deal with their parenting stressors and feelings of depression research shows that some fathers may resort to staying back late at work, taking up a new sport and/or increasing their intake of alcohol ... all of which worsen the situation, driving a wedge between partners and the baby.