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Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Fathers and partners can also experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). A father or partner's role changes just as much as the mother's when a new life is entering the family and support for paternal mental health is one that I am committed to providing for this community.
PMADs can affect anyone and do not discriminate.
Research has found that 1 out of 10 new fathers suffers from postpartum depression and that:
Maternal Depression can increase the risk of paternal depression
Fathers' depressive symptoms tend to spike between 3-6 months postpartum
Postpartum Support International
Paulson J.F., Dauber S, Leifernman J.A., Individual and combined effects of postpartum depression in mothers and fathers on parenting behavior. Pediatrics, Aug 2006; 118: 659-668
Paulson J, & Bazemore, S. Prenatal and postpartum depression in fathers and its association with maternal depression: a meta-analysis JAMA. 2010; 303(19): 1961-1969)
Singley, D. B., & Edwards, L. M. (2015). Men's Perinatal Mental Health in the transition to fatherhood. Professional Psychology.; Research and practice.
Paternal Mental Health
Paternal Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Paternal Support & Connection
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Support Groups & Connection
Postpartum Support International has many support groups for new fathers or partners for every stage of becoming a parent. Connection and support through the paternal mental health community can be a wonderful addition to going to therapy for help with a PMAD or the transition into parenthood. Here are the resources below to register for the many support groups geared towards helping fathers and partners in the perinatal and postpartum period:
Dads need help, too.
Let's get you the support you need because you deserve to be well.
Schedule Your Appointment
During your intake session, we will discuss why you are interested in therapy and what goals you have. Intake sessions are provided via telehealth and can be scheduled below.