Postpartum Depression Affects Dads Too
We know hormones play a big role in women both during pregnancy and after baby is born, but did you know the same happens in men too?
In fact, not only did one dad, Mark Williams, decide (with his wife) not to have additional children because the symptoms were so traumatic, he ended up creating an online forum for those suffering from the same symptoms (Dads Matter UK).
So what does postpartum depression look like in men? According to a recent Today.com article that shed light on this rarely discussed topic, this is a glimpse of what they go through:
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"Not only are dads with this illness less likely to sing, tell stories, and read to their children, they are also much more likely to spank their 1-year-olds. Additionally, paternal postnatal depression puts children at a greater risk of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders later in life, according to several studies."
Despite their early struggles, Matt and his family are doing well now and continue to help educate others who may be struggling with postpartum depression as well.
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Sami Cone is the best-selling author of "Raising Uncommon Kids", is known as the "Frugal Mom" on Nashville's top-rated talk show "Talk of the Town" and educates over a million listeners every day on her nationally syndicated "Family Money Minute". She is proud to call Nashville home with her husband, Rick, and their two teenage children.