Although it is believed that postpartum depression and anxiety affect only women, research shows that 10 percent of new dads experience parental postnatal depression. However, due to the stigma around mental health, men are less likely to talk about their experience and seek help for postpartum depression.
Masculine stereotypes expect men to be strong, providing, stoic, and brave. However, life as a new father comes with many challenges and struggles that may harm your health. Don’t neglect your feelings. Connecting with other new fathers and sharing your experiences can help you manage your mood and become more comfortable with your new responsibilities.