4 Signs a New Dad Is Struggling

Like women, men may also experience postpartum depression (PPD).

Bringing baby home is one of the most joyful experiences a human being can have. But for many parents, that time is also fraught with stress, uncertainty, and sometimes feelings of anger and anxiety. Women who feel hopeless, cannot sleep, and have trouble forming an attachment to their babies likely have some form of postpartum depression. But did you know that dads can have it, too?

“There is a growing awareness surrounding dads who are suffering from PPD,” says Katie Klein, BSN, RSN-OB, Women & Infants Center, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital. “This may be related to the mother’s experience if she has PPD but may also be due to the new pressures of fatherhood being put on fathers, such as added responsibilities and lack of sleep.”

4 Signs Dad Is Sad

If the father of a new baby displays any or all of the following, he may have PPD.

  1. Anger
  2. Frustration
  3. Irritability
  4. Lack of support for mother, especially regarding breastfeeding

When not addressed, PPD in dads can lead to unhealthy behaviors, including substance abuse and conflict in the home.

“It is important for a dad with PPD to speak with a healthcare professional,” Klein says. “Resources are available to help address this issue.”

Are you concerned about behavioral or mood changes after the birth of a child? To make an appointment with a counselor at Prevea Behavioral Care, call 715.717.5899.

You may also be interested in “Identifying Postpartum Depression in New Moms.”