Did you know that adoptive fathers can get postpartum too?
Only a couple of years ago, biological dads were saying “you know, I think I have postpartum,” and mothers were all like, “oh c’mon, Reggie, just let us have one thing, would you?”
Assuming of course that your name is Reggie, which according to our website stats – it is!
Postpartum depression is a topic that we’ve been talking about since the early days of 8BitDad. It’s a real thing, and affects new fathers. But it’s not just new fathers that feel the burn from postpartum depression; a new study out of Australia shows that children may be in the ripple effect of PPD, specifically in relation to their fathers.
No one knows the exact percentage of PPD-affected fathers – Wikipedia puts the delta between – get this – 1.2% and 25.5%. Dr. Richard Fletcher, head of the “Fathers and Families” research program at the University of Newcastle, says 1.3% of fathers in their study experienced symptoms of depression.
Chris Illuminati recently posted a great article over at Asylum about Postpartum Depression for men, and what it’s recently meant for him. He’s a new father, and freelancing from home is giving him all of the signs of postpartum that we typically associate with women. It was “the crazy thoughts doing laps around my head at 4 a.m. that troubled me the most,” Chris says. “What if I just left him and went to bed? Threw my hands up, packed a bag, checked into a hotel and came back for his second birthday when most of the hard stuff was over?”
Well, Chris. I’ve got to tell you – it’s not just for stay-at-home dads. I’m a working father, and I also had a version of postpartum. Read on for another perspective.