Perinatal anxiety and depression is a serious illness that affects around 100,000 Australian families every year.
EFFECTS OF PERINATAL ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Perinatal anxiety and depression can impact enormously on all areas of an expecting or new dad’s wellbeing: physical, emotional and social. Sleep problems, exhaustion, loss of confidence and emotional withdrawal can all take their toll and relationships can suffer (including with partners, family and friends).
From a dad’s perspective, it’s really hard to find the patience, desire and capacity to connect with babies, children and loved ones when you’re anxious or depressed. It’s difficult to be a dad and a good partner if you are feeling agitated, unsettled or lacking in motivation. This is why seeking help early is so important.
It's important to understand that it is not just about you not coping. Anxiety and depression are illnesess and the sooner you seek help the sooner you can feel better and be the kind of dad you want to be.
ANTENATAL ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
When anxiety or depression occurs during pregnancy, it is referred to as antenatal anxiety or antenatal depression. Up to 1 in 20 men experience antenatal depression. Anxiety is thought to be just as common, and some dads experience anxiety and depression at the same time. Read more >
POSTNATAL ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
When anxiety or depression begins in the year after birth, it is referred to as postnatal anxiety or postnatal depression. Up to 1 in 10 new dads experience postnatal depression each year in Australia. Postnatal anxiety is thought to be just as common, and many dads experience anxiety and depression at the same time. Postnatal anxiety and depression can be a frightening and isolating experience as both parents try to deal with the impacts of the illness at the same time as needing to care for their new baby. It is important to know that help is available and the earlier help is sought the better the outcome for dad and the rest of the family. Read more >