Brett Grayson refers to himself a successful trial attorney who also writes books. But don't confuse him with John Grisham. In fact, as he notes on his website, he is "John Grisham Without the Success." Grayson earlier this year released his first book, What Could Go Wrong?: My Mostly Comedic Journey through Marriage, Parenting and Depression. In this autobiographical tome, the New Jersey resident writes about the trials (pun intended) he and his wife go through trying to conceive and later during her pregnancy, her dealings with postpartum depression, the inevitable comedy in raising a … [Read more...]
If I couldn't contribute to my family, couldn't care for my daughter, then I shouldn't be here anymore. I started writing a letter to my wife and children.
+ + +As summer neared its end, it appeared no teaching positions would be available for me in the Chicago public school system that upcoming year. I had to look at my options. I relished the fact that no full-time job meant I would be able to take my daughter to her first day of kindergarten, help out at her school and pick her up every day. I picked up odd jobs here and there to help us out … [Read more...]
Keep your kids close, dads -- even if you are moving away from their mother. Fathers being absent in their teens' lives as a result of parental discord appear to contribute to their children having more symptoms of depression -- at least in the first several months, according to a new University of Montreal study. In the first four to six months following a parental split, by divorce or separation, those teens studied who were not living with their dads were more likely to report depressive symptoms than those whose parents were still together, says the study published in the October … [Read more...]
Movember is about much more than mustaches - it's about men's mental health issues. While prostate and testicular cancers have long been the focus of this charity movement, in the past two years a focus on mental health issues has been added to the campaign.
Three of our favorite dads -- Ryan Hamilton, Lorne Jaffe and Ron Mattocks -- join us on the latest Modern Dads Podcast to talk about their individual experiences with anxiety, depression and bi-polar disorder, and the various ways each has found treatment and support for their men's … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: With City Dads Group supporting increased awareness of men's health issues during this month of Movember, we'd like to present this article our online community manager Ron Mattocks wrote about his battle with depression. "What's worse than a dump truck full of dead babies?" my teenage niece asks me. I shake my head. "Unloading them with a pitchfork," she answers with perfect deadpan timing. I laugh. I laugh so hard tears come from my eyes and my sides feel like they're being gripped by a monster's gigantic hand. I haven't laughed like this in four, maybe five … [Read more...]