New Dad's postpartum depression
Rachel Starck Says...
Your question is not ridiculous. The transition to parenthood affects both parents. It is a life changing transition, during which you are sleep deprived and encountering all sorts of new major stressors. Certainly, media presents images of how we should look, feel, act as new parents, leading to additional pressure on moms and dads. Regardless of what we call it, you are certainly experiencing difficulty with this adjustment, and could benefit from talking to a professional about it. Even though fathers are not going through the hormonal and physical experience of pregnancy and delivery, it would be ridiculous to think that they are not impacted emotionally as well by the process of becoming a parent. Your relationship with your spouse changes, your lifestyle changes and your life now revolves around the new baby. I would recommend seeking a support group for dads, and/or individual counseling to increase your support base, and help you as you work through this adjustment. Your feelings are not a reflection on whether or not you are a good dad . A good dad recognizes his feelings and gets help when he needs it!
Best wishes, to you and your family!
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