The mental health of parents can have an adverse impact on a child, and it’s this fact that makes a lot of people concerned about the children that they are about to have. However, for the most part people have focused on the mental health of the mother and how this can have a negative impact on a child’s wellbeing. Not a lot of people realize that if the father is in poor mental health this can potentially lead to negative consequences for the child in question as well.
We are living in a day and age where the mental health of men is becoming a lot more important and is being studied far more closely than it was previously. The fact of the matter is that men no longer have to be stoic, unfeeling creatures, they are now free to express their emotions and the general societal consensus is that men can suffer from mental illnesses that are quite severe just like women. However, not a lot of people realize that depression and mental illness can affect fatherhood as well, and this is what needs to be addressed if we truly want our kids to become more stable in their lives all in all.
Research has now indicated that paternal mental health matters just as much as the mental health of the mother, and there are a lot of reasons for this being the case. Kids need a good, strong co-parent who is sensitive to their issues. Depression often makes you apathetic to the plights of others, and this is not a very good thing for children especially. Even if kids manage to find their own way without a father that has a good mental health status, they will probably suffer some kind of lasting damage that they would subsequently need to recover from over time at some point in the future.
One problem that occurs is that fathers with depression are often inconsistent in their parenting styles. They might be extremely overprotective one moment and then lax and uncaring the next, and this will create a very confusing environment for any child that is trying to figure out where they fit in in the world all in all. Parenting needs to remain consistent otherwise it probably won’t help the child in question grow into a fully functional adult all in all.
Recent research has indicated that about twenty percent of fathers experience both anxiety as well as depression after they have had a child, and this leads to the inconsistencies that come with parenting styles all in all. With so many fathers struggling to find a way to make ends meet in terms of their mental health, more support needs to be given in this regard so that eventually fathers can find a way to make things work out for themselves in terms of how they are generally feeling.