By Douglas Quenqua

October 17, 2017

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In the days after his son was born, Rob Sandler found the thrill of becoming

a new father replaced with dark feelings of dread and hopelessness. Those

feelings, coupled with sleep deprivation and stress, culminated in a panic

attack during his son's bris.

As a group of old friends was saying goodbye after the ceremony, "I had this

feeling that they were leaving and I was stuck in this situation that would

never get any better," said Mr. Sandler, a marketing executive in Dallas. "I

just felt trapped." What followed was months of sadness, anxiety and -

perhaps most worrisome of all - a feeling of acute disappointment in his own

ability to be a good parent.