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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: