Dad who feels depressed at times

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Dad who feels depressed at times

Postby Tom » Wed 26 Jan, 2011 9:12 pm

Hi again
This is a good forum. I have previously expressed my concern over my feelings of frustration with my 3 year. We have a new baby 1 week old. My wife has previously struggled with the 3 year old and has some anxiety. She is ok now, but in the past after she has an episode of anxiety I have found that I drop my bundle and feel low. I don't have any other dad's that I can talk to about how things are going for me at home. Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you,
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Re: Dad who feels depressed at times

Postby NgalaOnline » Wed 26 Jan, 2011 10:05 pm

Hi Tom
Thank you for your post. You are not alone as many dad's find that they often can hold everything together whilst mum is unwell. Then when mum is feeling better, dad can find it tough to cope. It would be worth visiting your doctor to discuss any feelings of low mood that is impacting upon you and your family life. Some doctor's will refer their patients in your situation to simply go and speak with a counsellor. You have also mentioned that it would simply be good to talk with other dads about being a dad yourself and what is important about being a father. It can be difficult talking to other dads as they might not understand that your experience is quite common. Confiding in anyone can be difficult, however you might like to think about broaching the fathering subject with other fathers by beginning to talk about the good things first before mentioning the struggles. You will surprised to find that all fathers struggle with their role at different times and in sharing you will likely find their struggles are all too similar and familiar as your have been. You might even find yourself helping another dad by starting the conversation. You also might want to visit ... Hey-Dad-WA for some more information with a focus on being a dad.
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