Dave Edwards says his son was born screaming and didn’t stop for 12 months.
It was a tough introduction to parenting for the 33-year-old who spent those early days at home on paternity leave. Severely sleep deprived, he returned to his job in human resources five weeks after the birth.
“I was in a fairly frequent state of worry, worry about my partner at home with a screaming baby. I had a job to do that was quite stressful,” the Brisbane, Australia-based father says.
A few months later he felt the full grip of anxiety and depression take hold.
Mr Edwards later discovered he was one of the numerous men who suffer from mental illness that arises after the birth of a child.