Fathers and Perinatal Mental Health: A Guide for Recognition, Treatment and Management

Fathers and Perinatal Mental Health: A Guide for Recognition, Treatment and Management

by Jane Hanley, Mark Williams

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It is only in recent years that there has been development in the awareness of the father’s mental health. Yet, the father’s mental health can influence the mother, the infant, the family and society. This book seeks to address the reasons why the father or the potential father could suffer from a mental disorder or illness during the perinatal period, his reactions, and what can be done to help him.

The book explores the way in which fathers’ mental health has presented in the past and how it presents now. It looks at the father’s attitudes towards his mental well-being and how he may self-manage and self-medicate. It examines the impact and influence the potential father and the father’s mental health has on his partner, infant and children. The reasons for certain disorders and illnesses are outlined, along with how they may manifest and are managed. Treatment options and types of medication are discussed and the ways in which the father can access the best possible help and support. Stories from fathers who have suffered from a particular mental illness or condition help others to understand both the practicalities and realities.

The uniqueness of the shared stories from fathers highlights why recognition treatment and management are important to help other fathers improve their relationship with their partner and infant and to improve their own wellbeing. The book is intended to help health practitioners and anyone who is concerned about fathers’ mental health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429826214
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/28/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 148
File size: 798 KB

About the Author

Jane Hanley has had an interest in perinatal mental health for almost forty years. She has written, trained and lectured extensively on maternal and paternal mental health, both nationally and internationally. Jane has had two other books published on perinatal mental health.

Mark Williams is an author, speaker and international campaigner. In 2004 he himself experienced depression and anxiety after his son was born and has enhanced his knowledge after speaking to hundreds of parents since 2011. He has spoken on television and radio stations around the world and co-founded 'International Father's Mental Health Day'.

Table of Contents

01. Introduction  02. Importance of Good Perinatal Mental Health  03. Exploring the Types and Manifestation of Disorders  04. The Types of Conditions  05. Cross Cutting Themes  06. The Involvement of the Father  07. Treatment and Management Techniques  08. Lifestyle Factors  09. Pharmaceutical Interventions  10. Conclusion

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