Dads and postnatal depression
Estimates reveal 1 in 10 men will experience depression after baby arrives. Men often express depression differently than the myth of what most of us believe to be signs and symptoms.
Also important to note; studies also reveal that where Mom is experiencing symptoms of a postpartum mood disorder (depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, etc.)- Dad has a 30-50% INCREASED chance of also experiencing mood disturbances.
Alone or combined, the breakdown in the mental and emotional health of parents has the great potential of detrimental effects on the relationship and lasting effects on children if not identified and treated as quickly as possible.
The health of growing families MUST include asking HIM how he is adjusting to parenthood. Learn more about Dad's symptom expression in a video from therapist Dr. Will Courtenay.
Our office is here to educate and help. Please know you are not alone. Call us (352) 278-2538 to discuss our resources and how investing in your emotional health can have long-lasting dividends.