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Male PND – one dad’s story

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I bet the actual figure is much higher than 3-10%

Originally posted on Goodbye, Pert Breasts: The Diary of a Newborn Dad:

pic1By his own admission, Adam Davies is “a very lucky man”. Nine years ago he swapped the hustle and bustle of Cardiff for the tranquility of Wiltshire, and met Hayley a year later. They’ve been married for six and a half years, and have two children.

But it wasn’t that long ago that Adam was feeling anything but lucky; after the birth of his daughter, Nia. The arrival of a child often leaves both parents feeling exhausted, but by the time he returned to work after a fortnight of paternity leave he was really feeling the strain.

“I was already deeply depressed, extremely tired and extremely low,” he says. “People at work, even sales reps who I didn’t see regularly, would ask if everything was okay as I looked awful.”

Like all new parents, Adam put his tiredness down to the lack of sleep, the late nights, the crying baby…

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