Postnatal Depression (PND)
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 may think they 'just need to keep coping' and don't have support networks which can help buffer the effects of depression.
In an attempt to deal with their parenting stressors and feelings of depression research shows that some fathers can start to feel isolated ... all of which worsen the situation, driving a wedge between partners and the baby.
Importantly, if you suspect you (or your partner) are suffering from depression, be open about how you are feeling and comfort each other. Listen to each other ... for your own sake, for your partner and for your baby's wellbeing. Seek help from a doctor or other health professionals who can provide a correct diagnosis and show an understanding of your needs. The sooner you are diagnosed the sooner you are likely to recover, and the more able you are to enjoy being with your partner and baby.
Below are websites of organisations specialising in antenatal and postnatal depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns: