Dads Can Get Postpartum Depression, Too: 8 Signs to Look For! by Dr. Sarah Allen

New Dad
6 years ago
Dads Can Get Postpartum Depression, Too: 8 Signs to Look For!

Not just moms get postpartum mood disorders. Becoming a father increases a man’s risk of experiencing anxiety and depression, too. Some symptoms of paternal depression symptoms are different from women’s and often men don’t acknowledge their feelings of sadness, hopelessness and/or guilt. They may also feel in conflict between how they think a man should be and feel and how they are actually feeling. Here’s a list of possible symptoms.

  • frustration or irritability
  • getting stressed easily
  • feeling discouraged
  • increases in physical problems
  • loss of interest in work, hobbies and sex
  • isolation from family and friends
  • working constantly
  • increased anger

The most important thing to remember is that paternal depression is very treatable. Learn more about anxiety and depression at DrSarahAllen.com!

Jennison Grigsby
Yes! We definitely don't talk about this enough! We call it the daddy depression and the more dads we talk to, the more we realize how common it isis. Thanks for addressing such an important issue.
Dr. Shayna Mancuso
This is an important topic-- often overlooked.
Thank you!

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