By Douglas Quenqua
October 17, 2017
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.