Women are not the only ones suffering postnatal depression (PND), according to new research from the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS).
One in 10 men find the transition of supporting their pregnant partner stressful, leading to male PND.
The study found about 10 per cent of Australian dads suffered clinical depression during the pregnancy period.
AIFS deputy director Dr Daryl Higgin said: “Men tend not to have as formally structured a transition to the birth of their child as that which guides women throughout pregnancy and as a result they can become anxious and uncertain about what lies ahead.”
The report showed the chance of developing PND could be due to a male’s psychological state during, or on either side of, the pregnancy.
“Some men struggle to come to terms with the reality of the pregnancy, their changing relationships and the potential economic consequences of starting a family,” Dr Higgins said.
Dads in Distress believe support groups like theirs are a great stepping stone to open up about mental issues surrounding fatherhood.
Dads in Distress volunteer Jeff Lindsay told The Newsroom fathers shouldn’t suffer in silence.
“[Men] should put up their hand if they have got a problem,” he said.
“Men should talk to other men and they’re not the only ones going through this.” – Marc Summers
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