Should I Get Help?

If you’re like most men, you’ve been taught to hide pain. But hiding
depression only makes it worse and can lead to other serious problems.

And there’s really no need to hide PPND (Paternal Postnatal Depression). Depression, anxiety and other mood disorders are common. In fact, they’re just as common – and just as real – as physical problems, like heart disease or a broken ankle. They can also be as crippling.

PPND is a very serious condition. But it’s also a very treatable condition. Left untreated, however, PPND can result in damaging, long-term consequences for you, your kids, your marriage, your career, and your finances.

If you’re reluctant to get help for yourself, consider doing it for the well-being of your child and family. Not only can PPND hurt your relationship with your partner, we know that it undermines your child’s development. Research shows that a father’s PPND has a negative impact on the emotional and behavioral development of his child years later. So, the best thing you can do to provide for your child’s future is to get help for yourself today.

Getting help is a sign of strength

For many men, one of the biggest obstacles to seeing a mental health professional is the concern that if others — like coworkers — found out, something bad will happen or they’ll lose respect. Don’t let these fears impact your family, your relationship with your partner, or your future success. Muster the courage to ask for the help you need.

Remember, depression is not a weakness of character. It’s a mental condition that’s treatable.

Research shows, finding a therapist who you’re comfortable with – and one who understands men – is critical for psychotherapy to be effective for you. But it’s not easy to find an experienced therapist who’s skilled at working with men. I’ve trained thousands of health professionals nationwide in how to best help men, and have helped men in individual counseling and psychotherapy for over 20 years. I’d like to help you.

I know asking for help is sometimes hard, but phoning now is a start. Give me a call at 415-346-6719. I’ll be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you might have.

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