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Men and Postnatal Depression

On the 7th September 2010, the UK Medical Research Council and University College London carried out a study into the depression in both men and women once a baby is born until the child is 12 years old. It showed that 21% of Dads had a depressive episode, and the highest risk being in the child's first year.


Symptoms for dads with postnatal depression


Possible Causes for dads with postnatal depression

If the mum is suffering from postnatal depression, it can then impact on the Dad causing them to also have a depressive episode. When there is a lot of pressure financially, emotionally and physically on the Dad this can cause excessive stress which can then lead to depression. Dads are at a higher risk if they have previously suffered from depression earlier in life.


A considerable factor can be that the balance and focus has shifted in the relationship, all the attention in now taken up on the baby, resulting in not much time as a couple. Also if it is a single Dad, having the full responsibility of caring for a new born baby with no support from a partner or the Mum.

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“I didn't know that men could be affected by their partner giving birth never mind getting postnatal depression”

“Depression is an illness and people shouldn't be afraid to talk about it.”

Treatment for dads with postnatal depression

It is recommended that the Dad can speak to their GP and discuss how they are feeling, and be true about the extent of your feelings. Your GP may recommend attending counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help come to terms with your emotions and understand the triggers points if you are feeling aggressive. Your GP can also prescribe a course of antidepressants to help your mood improve.


Support for dads with postnatal depression

Family and friend can play a huge part in helping with recovery, be honest with them about how you are feeling, ask them to look after your baby for a couple of hours to allow you to do an activity you enjoyed previously or socialise with your friends.


You can contact Sure Start who offer support for families, they can inform you of stay and play sessions, and other family groups in your area.


Pandas Foundation offer support for families suffering from pre or postnatal depression, this is through our website, Pandas Help Line, and our UK Pandas Support Groups .


For more information on support that Pandas Foundation can offer See ‘How we can Help’ or on what support is out there go to Support Services




About PANDAS Dads

PANDAS Dads is taking over from Fathers Reaching Out but still providing the same support for men suffering from perinatal mental health illnesses. PANDAS Dads offers lots of support with the helpline, email chat, Facebook instant messenger and support groups


PANDAS Dads also gives advice on how to help men with partners going through a perinatal mental health illness.


The mental health of the family matter to making sure children get the best start in live.


We have a verity of volunteers male and female that have suffered or helped someone going through the illness.


Read steve’s success story with the help of PANDAS.