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Dads suffering from post baby depression

Posted Sep 07 2008 8:02pm

We’ve all heard of mum’s suffering from post baby blues and sometimes post natal depression after giving birth but recent studies show that 7% of dad’s suffer from the blues or depression following birth too.

If you are finding it hard to cope, then it is important for you to talk to your doctor or health visitor who will be able to help. They will also know of support groups in your local area where you can talk to fellow sufferers.

Having a baby is a life changing experience and one that can seem over whelming. Lack of sleep, baby constantly crying and you feeling like your partner no is longer the person she was can all add up and put strain on you and your relationship.

  • Try to get some time just for yourself, it’s not easy with the extra demands on your time but it will be worth it. Even if you only manage an hour just to get away from it all.

  • Talk to family or friends about how you are feeling. Don’t bottle it all up or be embarrassed about feeling like you do, you are not alone.

  • Try to exercise, get out for a brisk walk or run, it’s great for the body and mind.

Many men find becoming a father difficult but if you are struggling to cope, get help, don’t struggle on.

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