Depression in first-time fathers

October 19, 2007 at 8:29 pm Leave a comment

“Up to 10 per cent of first-time fathers suffer postnatal depression but in most cases their symptoms go untreated, a university researcher says.”  according to the an Autrailian study.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4242537a7144.html

Mothers get most of the attention in postpartum care.  But there seems to be a significant number of first-time fathers that also experience “depression, anxiety, stress and psychological distress” as well.

This can have an important impact on the family if gone untreated or addressed is some fashion. 

It’s been over 6 years now, but as I recall there is a “natural” shock factor during the first couple of months.  I think the problem would arise if that feeling doesn’t begin to decrease but rather intensifies during the next 4-6 months.  That would be an indication that some intervention might be in order.  Hopefully the daddy bloggers can be of some assistance.

Did you experience any depression as a first time dad?

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