As any parent knows, pregnancy and childbirth are incredibly hard work; they have both a physical and mental impact as new mothers adapt to the changes in their lives and their bodies. But even though it’s less commonly discussed, fathers often struggle, too – and they often do so in silence. If you are a new or expecting dad and think you might be depressed, you are not alone.
Five to 10 percent of new fathers suffer from depression during their partner’s pregnancy and through the first year after the birth of their child. This rate doubles to 50% when the mother also struggles with depression, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. There is no need to suffer in silence; recognizing the problem is the first step towards finding relief.
It’s important to know that depression in men doesn’t always feel like sadness. Men are more likely to experience depression as anger, irritability, aggression, or anxiety, according to psychologist David Singley, PhD, who treats men with postpartum depression. Says Dr. Singley, men “are also susceptible to other manifestations such as increased use of substances (drinking, drugs), addictive behaviors such as gambling or video games as well as physical manifestations like headaches and stomach problems.” You may even feel resentment towards your own child. Other symptoms of paternal postpartum depression include:
- Weight gain or loss
- Isolation from family and friends
- Being easily stressed
- Impulsive or risky behavior
- Feeling discouraged or pessimistic
- Headaches, digestive issues, or pain
- Lack of concentration or motivation
- Loss of interest in work, hobbies and/or sex
- Sleeping too much or too little
You want to be the best father you can be for your child, but it is essential to prioritize your own wellbeing in order to do so. While antidepressant medications are one treatment option, they can be expensive and they bear the risk of scary side effects and even withdrawal upon discontinuation.
But there is another way to get the relief you deserve: Alpha-Stim® is a non-drug treatment for depression. It is fast, safe, and proven effective. And not only does Alpha-Stim work better than medications, but it actually costs less, too. Treatments with Alpha-Stim are quick and easy, and done in the comfort of your own home – you don’t need to take time away from your family or find extra time in your already hectic schedule.
Alpha-Stim employs a modality known as cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES). It delivers a precision patented waveform using a microcurrent of electricity through two earclip electrodes, restoring balance to the brain. Unlike with medications, the effects of Alpha-Stim are cumulative – you’ll feel better and better over time with fewer and fewer treatments. This is a stark contrast to medications, which typically require increased dosages to maintain their efficacy as the body adapts. At the same time, there is no risk of addiction or overuse with Alpha-Stim, so you can use it as much as you want or need.
There is no shame in being depressed; it does not make you less of a father or less of a man. Recognizing that you are struggling takes strength, and treating your symptoms will allow you to be the best version of yourself for your entire family. They deserve it, and so do you.
Being a dad is the most important job you will ever have. Alpha-Stim can help you excel at it.
Alpha-Stim® is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device that has been proven time and again to effectively treat acute, post traumatic, and chronic pain, as well as anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Alpha-Stim uses cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), delivered through a patented waveform via two earclip electrodes, to treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) delivers pain relief directly to the source of discomfort via two handheld Smart Probes.
The safety and effectiveness of Alpha-Stim is backed by over 100 independent clinical research studies. Unlike with medications, there is no risk of addiction or lasting side effects.
Alpha-Stim is available by prescription in the United States and over-the-counter in other countries. Get started today!