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Dads Exposed To The Risk of Postpartum Depression As Well


Brand new mothers aren’t the only ones who feel the stinging effects of postpartum depression, it seems as if fathers are at the exact same risk as well. When a team of researchers was looking at the data based on 10,623 young adults (men specifically, whom were of the ages 24 to 32), they found something they weren’t expecting.
The team of researchers from Northwestern University found that depression symptoms went up an astounding 68 percent during the first five years regarding fatherhood. We all know that raising children is something that takes dedication and hard work, even if you don’t have a child of your own. Many of the previous studies pertaining to this have only focused on the effects regarding mothers and their children, this is the first study to specify fathers as the victims when it comes to postpartum depression.

“It’s not just new moms who need to be screened for depression, dads are at risk, too,” stated Dr. Craig Garfield, whom is the lead author of this study. “Parental depression has a detrimental effect on kids, especially those during the first key years of parent-infant attachment. We need to do a better job of helping young dads transition through that time period.

The new paper that Garfield has published (which was published in the Journal Pediatrics) is hoped to lead to earlier, as well as much more successful interventions regarding postpartum depression amongst fathers. The first several years are the key components when it comes to fatherhood, so of course early detection is one of the best possible solutions to the problem. “Identifying at-risk fathers based on social factors and designing effective interventions may ultimately improve health outcomes for the entire family,” Garfield and his team of researchers state in the published paper.

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