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  • Dr. Shari-ann James

Celebrating Dads and Breaking the Silence on Paternal Postpartum Depression

paternal postpartum depression

With Father's Day right around the corner, this is the perfect time to honor all the dads out there. However as we celebrate, there is an important conversation we need to have—one that often gets pushed to the sidelines. We are talking about postpartum depression in men.

Yes, you read that right. Postpartum depression is not only a challenge for new moms. Dads can experience it too, yet it often goes unrecognized and undiscussed. Let's dive into why that is and why it's crucial to shine a light on it.

What is Postpartum Depression in Dads?

Picture this: You're a new dad, over the moon about your little bundle of joy. But suddenly, you find yourself feeling down, irritable, angry and maybe even disconnected from your baby. Sound familiar? That could be postpartum depression creeping in.

While it is not something we hear about often, it is real. And in the same way with new moms, the symptoms can be tough to deal with. But here is the thing: many dads suffer in silence because, well, society tells them they should not have this experience. Men are supposed to be strong, stoic and tough, right? Wrong. One in 10 fathers experience postpartum depression or anxiety.

Breaking the Silence

Let's talk stigma. There is this idea that men should tough it out, that admitting to mental health struggles somehow makes them less manly. But guess what? That could not be further from the truth. Real strength is about facing your challenges head-on, and that includes mental health challenges.

By breaking the silence around postpartum depression in men, we can create a safer space for dads to open up and seek help. Because here is the thing: seeking help isn't a sign of weakness; it's a sign of courage and strength.

Real Support

In speaking about support, thin about the ways in which we can be there for the dads in our lives. Whether it is lending a listening ear, helping out with baby duties, or encouraging them to seek professional help, every little bit counts.

Celebrating Dads, Inside and Out

As we gear up to celebrate Father's Day, let's remember that honoring dads means more than just giving them a pat on the back. It means recognizing their struggles, supporting their mental health, and showing them that it's okay not to be okay sometimes.

So here's to all the dads out there—you're doing an amazing job, and we've got your back. Happy Father's Day!

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