Postnatal anxiety and depression affect up to 10% of dads and this is likely to be an underestimate as so few dads seek help. It is important you can tell someone how you are feeling, either your partner, other family member or friend.
Dads and co-parents struggle with many of the same feelings that mums do such as:
Feeling low, unhappy or stressed
Loss of interest and pleasure in the things you would usually enjoy
Weight gain or loss, feeling constantly tired and having little energy
Feeling irritable and restless
Having negative thoughts
Withdrawing from your family and friends and social activities
Increasing your use of alcohol or other substances
If you struggle with your feelings for more than a couple of weeks help is available. Speak to your GP, midwife, or health visitor.
You may like to link up with other dads for support or seek help and advice online.
Online help and guidance for dads:
The Dadsnet is an online parenting resource for dads which offers support and advice
The DadPadis a guide for new dads developed with the NHS and can help by giving you the knowledge and practical skills that you need, which can be purchased for £12
Dad Info UK support for dads on the impact of becoming a dad.