As previously stated, Post Partum Depression (PPD) is a debilitating condition that is usually recognized as being disruptive to mothers’ lives.  However, new research is recognizing depression after the birth of a child can have a huge effect on fathers or partners, of the child and mother.  While research on this issue is quite minimal, it is suggested that about 10% of men suffer from depression after the birth of a child.

Symptoms of Men’s Depression

  • Increased anger and conflict with others
  • Increased use of alcohol or other drugs
  • Frustration or irritability
  • Violent behaviour
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Being easily stressed
  • Impulsiveness and taking risks, like reckless driving and extramarital sex
  • Feeling discouraged
  • Increases in complaints about physical problems
  • Ongoing physical symptoms, like headaches, digestion problems or pain
  • Problems with concentration and motivation
  • Loss of interest in work, hobbies and sex
  • Working constantly
  • Frustration or irritability
  • Misuse of prescription medication
  • Increased concerns about productivity and functioning at school or work
  • Fatigue
  • Experiencing conflict between how you think you should be as a man and how you actually are
  • Thoughts of suicide

Due to the limited amount of research on this topic, it appears the focus has been placed on husbands, however, these symptoms can be seen in any of the primary caregivers involved in the new child’s life.


The link posted below is a great resource to help better understand depression among fathers. The website is a place for men with concerns about depression or other issues with mood after the birth of a child. It includes important information for fathers such as: a self-assessment for postpartum depression; an online forum for dads to talk to each other; offers resources; and gathers new information about men’s experiences during the postpartum period.

If you wish to learn more about depression in men after the birth of a child take a look at these resources:

The following website contains several articles on the topic of depression following the birth of a child in men:

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