Daddy Issues: How Can They Affect A Child?

Daddy Issues How Can They Affect A Child

The relationship a child has with their father is extremely important to their early development. Do you have “daddy issues” because your dad wasn’t the best parent? Fathers are so important to your development and to your self-esteem, and when that bond isn’t as strong as it could be, it can affect your life in powerful ways.

In a week-long series of the Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast, Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana Amen share personal and enlightening insights about their own issues with their dads. And they explore how your primary relationship with your father plays a major role in how you think and how you behave in your day-to-day life.

In this eye-opening series, you’ll discover:

  • How to understand the way your relationship with your father has affected your life
  • Why birth order matters in your relationship with your father
  • How your dad’s mental health/brain health impacts your own life
  • Why one of the major themes in Dr. Amen’s psychiatric practice is how patients got along with their dad
  • How a girl’s bond with her father greatly affects her relationships with other men
  • How an unpredictable or unstable father impacts your emotional brain even years later
  • How having a dad with obsessive compulsive disorder affects you
  • How stepfathers can make a big difference in your life
  • Why your memories about your dad may not be completely accurate
  • How seeing your own brain scan can dramatically change your perception of your father
  • How to reframe the way you think about your dad
  • Simple strategies to prevent daddy issues in your own children

Listen to the 4-part series on Daddy Issues on the Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast.

At Amen Clinics, we have helped thousands of people overcome family and mental health issues so you can mend relationships and heal past hurts that stem from your upbringing. If you or a family member needs help, call 888-288-9834 or schedule a visit online.


  1. My niece, a new mother, self employed lawyer, celiac, has episodes of vertigo, had 2 seizures and seeing many neurosurgeons and they come up with nothing wrong. These episodes cause her anxiety because she is afraid with the baby or in court if it occurs without notice. I have sent her videos from Daniel Amen, so hopefully she will watch. Any other advice, you can lead the horse to water but to make them drink is another story.

    Comment by Camille Heltman — June 24, 2019 @ 5:19 AM

  2. My youngest son Stephen is struggling with depression, has attempted suicide, and is an alcoholic, he is 21 years old. His brother (my oldest) suffered PTSD from time in the Army. He died from accidental overdose in 2005. Some people disagree, but I know he was totally against suicide. Their father died in 2010 and was an alcoholic. He had quit drinking before he died because of his health. Now my 14 year old grandson has been diagnosed with depression and is on medication. It appears we have three generations that have struggled with depression and substance abuse. After reading your articles I believe brain scans would help to diagnose them. Any suggestions?

    Comment by Jean Koller — July 3, 2019 @ 5:00 AM

  3. My son’s dad did not have a positive relationship with his mom and does not know his dad at all, not even his name. He suffers from abandonment issues because his mom did not raise him and when she had the opportunity, she kept his sisters with her and sent him to live with an uncle that had several children of his own. My son and his dad have a strained relationship. My son has never felt like he is the son his dad really wanted. I have spent all of his 26 years trying to convince him that his dad does love him. His dad suffers with depression (undiagnosed) and my son with anxiety and possibly depression as well. My son, I believe has unresolved self-esteem issues also. I have suggested several times to both that perhaps a brain scan approach would suit them. How do I make that happen? My son’s dad is more resistant than my son.

    Comment by Pamela Mitchell — July 11, 2019 @ 8:38 AM

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