Postpartum depression for dads.

Has anyone’s SO dealt with depression after the birth of a new baby? Looking for advice. I know men don’t have all the hormonal shifts that new moms have but it’s a lot of change and is overwhelming for the dads too but I don’t hear people usually talking about it.

  • Jenn
    Sep 08, 2018

    I haven’t dealt w/it directly but here’s a quick read that I had once read in Parents https://www.parents.com/parenting/dads/sad-dads/

  • Anonymous
    Sep 08, 2018

    My husband has had anxiety his entire life but has not recognized it or denied it. After we had our baby my husband's anxiety got a lot worse. I tried to encourage him to see a doctor but he always brushes it off until he had a panic attack and realized that his anxiety was getting out of control. He started seeing a therapist who diagnosed him with severe anxiety and started him on a medication that along with his continued therapy has been helping a ton. While anxiety and depression aren't the same I am willing to give applicable advice

  • Dorothy
    Sep 08, 2018

    Guys can actually have a drop in testosterone when their wives are pregnant... maybe causing some sort of postpartum depression with the addition of the stress of the new baby?

  • Jessy
    Sep 08, 2018

    My husband definitely went through his own struggles after our son was born. He wouldn’t call in postpartum depression but he definitely went through it with me.

  • Giannina
    Sep 08, 2018

    Yes men can change a lot after baby. Some don’t feel connected baby. Some are jealous of baby. Some intimidated. It’s a huge thing for them too... I read many many stories about dads and their lack of or their emotional and physical absence. Have you spoken to him? There are good books out there. Hotlines and of coarse counseling

  • Anonymous
    Sep 09, 2018

    Postpartum anxiety and postpartum depression are different, but similar. And yes, men are susceptible too! Zoloft has given me a chance to be the mom I want to be! I would highly highly recommend your husband talk to his doctor and consider either therapy, medication, or both.

  • Stefanie
    Sep 09, 2018

    my LO doctor let me know that they get it too... she noticed my SO was very hands on with our son the first day in hospital then kinda detached the rest of our stay ( had a c section and in hospital for 4 days)... when we got home he had 3 panic attacks (he has ptsd)... what helped was talking and coming up with a bonding schedule... since i’m breastfeeding mostly, i’m with our son more but we try to have evenings set aside for daddy bonding time since i am doing my bonding during the day. I make sure to hand off our LO to him as much as possible so i can get a break too during the day.

  • Daniela
    Sep 09, 2018

    My husband was there with me suffering it too. I think he acted way worse than I did. You guys just need to be there for each other through this rough times

  • Anonymous
    Sep 10, 2018

    Sometimes even the best support person isn’t enough to combat mental illness. Don’t be scared to seek real help.

  • Alexis
    Oct 06, 2018

    My husband swears his stomach hurts when I say my stomach hurts. Maybe he just sympathies. I’m just about 7 weeks