Sad Dads: Do You Have Paternal Postpartum Depression (PPND)?

Being a parent is hard. And being a new father of an infant is especially hard. It’s stressful. And conflicts with your partner that arise after a few sleepless nights can make things harder. But PPND is different. It’s a clinical condition.

PPND (Paternal Postnatal Depression) is common condition among men after the birth of a child. Up to 1 in 4 new dads have PPND. Depression, anxiety or other problems with mood can occur anytime during the first year of your child’s life. If you think you might have PPND, please carefully read this page and complete the assessment below.

PPND is a very serious condition. But it’s also a very treatable condition. If left untreated, however, PPND can result in damaging, long-term consequences for yourself, your child, and your family as a whole.

Click here to listen to a recent radio interview of Dr. Courtenay on KWMR FM. He talks about fatherhood and men’s postpartum depression — including the hormonal changes men go through as new dads.


“Talk therapy” – or psychotherapy or counseling – is a proven effective way to reduce depression, and to feel better about yourself and your life.

Are you looking for a counselor, psychologist or
psychotherapist, or counseling and psychotherapy services for depression? Click here for the contact page.

For a free phone consultation or to contact Dr. Courtenay directly,
phone – or text – 415-346-6719 or email him at

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