Thanks to celebrity moms like Chrissy Teigen, Hayden Panettiere, and Brooke Shields speaking out about their struggles with postpartum depression (PPD), the condition has received much needed attention and become increasingly destigmatized — a major key to new moms getting the help they need. But did you know new fathers can also experience PPD? Reality TV star Adam Busby, of the TLC show "Outdaughtered," is hoping to increase awareness that men can be affected, too.
Adam recently opened up about how he felt after welcoming his quintuplets, the first all-girl set in the U.S., with wife Danielle in April 2015. The couple also has an older daughter and, as one can only imagine, that's a lot to handle! But, what Adam and other sufferers of PPD experience goes beyond the usual feelings of being overwhelmed and exhausted by new parenthood. So when a fan watching the show tweeted his suspicion about what Adam might be going through, the father of six girls replied honestly.
According to the National Institutes of Health, one in 10 dads will struggle with postpartum depression. Though a few trolls have criticized Adam for not being a "strong man," most have rallied behind him and even shared their own struggles. Some women have even tweeted how it helped them to understand their own husbands' experiences.
Adam's wife Danielle even shared her own support for her husband on Twitter.
Adam has expressed how much everyone's support has meant to him, and what he hopes for fellow sufferers.
We hope Adam is getting the support he needs and that more men and women become aware of how PPD affects both moms and dads. Healthy parents are one of the keys to healthy kids, and that includes mental health, too.