Postpartum Depression a Risk for Dads, Too
New study finds that young first-time fathers are particularly at risk
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2014 12:12 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Postpartum depression is a risk not just for new moms, but also for new dads—particularly young ones, a new study finds. The Northwestern Medicine study found that first-time fathers around age 25 who lived with their children had a 68% increase in depression symptoms during their first five years of parenthood, Time reports. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, looked at 10,623 men who were tracked for about 20 years as part of a separate study.

"It’s not just new moms who need to be screened for depression," says the pediatrician who led the study. "Dads are at risk, too." He says the study could lead to better intervention and treatment for young fathers, which is important—other studies show that depressed dads are more likely to use corporal punishment or neglect their kids, and less likely to interact with their kids. Those kids, studies have found, are then at risk for more behavior problems and academic problems than children of non-depressed fathers, Psych Central reports.

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Apr 16, 2014 9:26 PM CDT
They have the diagnosis wrong. It's called "Post Marriage Depression".
Chris Farley
Apr 16, 2014 7:33 AM CDT
duh. Word father. In todays economy I imagine its very hard for a new father to feel that he is being a good father if your struggling. Shoot men dont even get paternity leave. Its back to the job that doesnt pay the bills. I can see it.
Apr 15, 2014 6:11 PM CDT
Come on. Seriously? What's next? New dads with vaginal pain following their wives delivery?