Can Males Get Postpartum Depression?

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Can Males Get Postpartum Depression?

Can males get postpartum depression? YES! Postpartum depression isn’t a gender specific mental illness – it can and does affect both men and women.

Postpartum depression in dads is also known as Paternal Postpartum Depression (PPPD)

A new baby can be equally overwhelming for a dad as well as mom. It’s a HUGE change in your life.

Can Males Get Postpartum Depression


Can Males Get Postpartum Depression

Many dads feel extra pressure to look after the new Mum and baby whilst also working a full time job. Being the main breadwinner for the duration of maternity leave is a major worry for many.

A lot of men with postpartum depression suffer needlessly in isolation as postpartum depression is usually only thought of as an illness that affects the mother.

Recent studies suggest that 1 in 10 new fathers suffer with postpartum depression.

Your symptoms may include feelings of being overwhelmed and helplessness. You may feel irritable and hostile towards your family and loved ones.

You may also suffer from panic attacks. Some men (just like women) turn to alcohol or drugs to numb the feelings of despair.

Research also suggests factors that contribute to postpartum depression in men are; a stressful and strained relationship with the Mum throughout the pregnancy and if the mother is suffering from postpartum depression the dad is more likely to suffer with it to.

If you’re a dad and you think you may be suffering symptoms of postpartum depression it’s important to seek help from your GP for a diagnosis and so that you can begin treatment.

Postpartum depression in men is a real thing, it’s nothing to be ashamed of and it doesn’t make you a bad father. Just like it doesn’t make women bad mum’s!

For more information on Paternal Postpartum Depression (PPPD) head over to

I have written the following posts for mums with postpartum depression but most of the information is relevant to Dads with postpartum depression too. Please click on the links and have a read and hopefully some of the information will help you. 

Symptoms Of Postpartum Depression

How To Overcome Postpartum Depression

How To Help Someone With Postpartum Depression

Mummy & Daddy It’s OK – You’re Doing Great!

Super Bestest Grandparent

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4 thoughts on “Can Males Get Postpartum Depression?

  • April 2, 2017 at 5:22 am

    How true that a new baby can equally overwhelm a dad as well as mom. I would say that it changes your life FOREVER the second your baby is born!!

    Happy #KCACOLS Sunday! Great post, BTW.

  • April 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    I have to admit i never thought about dads getting postpartum depression. I don’t know why, why wouldn’t they! You don’t hear about dads suffering. Thanks for sharing x #KCACOLS

  • April 5, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Hi, I absolutely believe that men can get PPPD. My sister’s fiancé is really struggling at the moment. My sister is getting help, but he isn’t yet…

    Pen x #KCACOLS
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  • April 10, 2017 at 5:53 am

    This is so important to highlight as I’m sure many people are completely unaware of this as it never gets talked about. I imagine there are many men who have it without knowing what it is and therefore don’t seek help. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday


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