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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%

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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