Postnatal depression in men

Psychotherapist Will Courtenay, PhD, explains what paternal postnatal depression is, how often it affects men, and how it differs from the daddy blues
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Postnatal depression in men

Paternal Postnatal Depression is the clinical term for when a man gets depressed after a child is born. That can happen anytime within the first year after his baby is born. Postpartum depression is different from the daddy blues, which many dads can experience. With normal stress or the daddy blues, a dad is going to feel better if he gets a little extra sleep, goes to the gym, has lunch with a friend; but with depression, those things won't help. With depression, the symptoms are more severe and last longer. What is shocking to most people is that fathers even get postpartum depression. Even more shocking is just how many do. Research shows that 1 in 7 new dads become depressed. The numbers go up even higher within the three to six month period after a child is born. Then 1 in 4 dads become depressed within the six month period. That amounts to over 3,000 new dads each day in the United States who become depressed. So, the problem of postpartum depression in fathers is a surprisingly common one.

Psychotherapist Will Courtenay, PhD, explains what paternal postnatal depression is, how often it affects men, and how it differs from the daddy blues


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Dr. Will Courtenay, “The Men’s Doc,” is an internationally recognized expert in helping boys, men and fathers, and a psychotherapist, consultant, distinguished author, researcher, keynote speaker, radio host, and consultant to and speaker at schools and universities. His new book is titled Dying To Be Men. The American Psychological Association calls him, “a leading psychologist in the field of masculinity” and Who’s Who in America calls him a “foremost achiever in his field.” As one of the world’s leading innovators in the health of boys and men, he has a documented history of success in shaping and promoting this new field, as well as new perspectives on fatherhood, boyhood, and masculinity. Dr. Courtenay received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and has served on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School. He is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Men's Health. Dr. Courtenay is a powerful, effective voice about boys and men, heard nationally on radio and television – including CNN, Good Morning America, World News, Fox News, ABC News, NBC News – and seen in print – including NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, NPR, Newsweek, USA Today, and Chicago Tribune. Dr. Courtenay is a contributor to Esquire Magazine.

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