February 5, 2015

My name is Steve and I'm currently being treated for paternal postnatal depression.

Due to my illness, I spent the first 6 months of my daughter's life acting like a complete idiot and I couldn't understand why - it took accidentally reading an article about paternal postnatal depression for me to finally seek help: up until then, my wife wasn't my biggest fan and I'm still in the process of figuring how to bond with my daughter.

My greatest source of support has been the online mental illness community that I've engaged with over social media - I couldn't believe how welcoming and supporting everybody has been, especially as I'm just some dude out there.

My hope for the future is that I can share my experience and if one dad out there hears or reads my story they go get help sooner than I did and can enjoy the travails of parenthood and maintain a healthy relationship with their partner and children.

I'm taking 5 on Time to Talk Day because people need to know that new dads need support too.

This blog is part of the Time to Talk Day 2015 #Take5ToBlog initiative. 

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