It is erroneously believed that postpartum depression or PPD can only occur in new mothers. But, the truth is that it can also affect new dads, usually within the first year of having a baby . Feeling depressed for a few days after your little bundle of joy comes into this world does not mean you love your baby any less. It often results from the additional responsibilities you face a parent.
Like PPD in women, it is almost impossible to pinpoint the exact factors responsible for postpartum depression in new fathers. Possible causes and risk factors include:
The psychotherapy procedures used for managing PPD in men are the same as those used for treating women. Talk to your mental health care provider to find out what treatment measure your respond best to . Antidepressants may also be necessary for managing severe depressive symptoms in some rare cases . The depression management measures used by women (e.g. getting lots of sleep and following a healthy diet) are recommended for men as well . Talking to other dads about how to be a good parent to your child can help you to better deal with the situation . Alternative therapies like exercise, yoga, massage therapy and acupuncture  can also prove helpful.
You may not know it yet, but you are as important for your baby as the mother. Dads affected by postpartum depression are less likely to spend time with the baby, play with them and read to them. This may have a negative impact on the character development of the baby as well as the father-child relationship . According to researches, untreated PPD in fathers can be associated with poorer behavioral, emotional and social outcomes in kids, especially in boys, when they reach 3 years of age .
Proper support and therapy can cure the condition within a few months . But, leaving the condition untreated can lead to permanent depression, resulting in long-term ill consequences on the whole family 
Studies show about 14% of new fathers in the United States to get PPD shortly (often within 6 weeks) after their babies are born. The statistics goes up to 25% within 3-6 months after birth .