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Young Dads at a Risk of Postpartum Depression?

Young Dads May be at a Higher Risk of Postpartum Depression 

Young, first-time fathers may be at a higher risk of depression, especially during the first few years of the baby, results from a new study recently revealed.

The researchers reported a 68% increase in the symptoms associated with depression among new fathers who were below 25 years of age, especially in the first 5 years of the baby’s birth.

While postpartum depression is already observed among women, and is actually a concerning issue getting more prevalent, these numbers seem to have highlighted an issue that was left underlying for a long time.

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Young Fathers may be at a Higher Risk of Postpartum Depression
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“There’s been a significant body of literature describing the effect of mother’s depression on child development, and the health care system has tried to rise to the challenge of identifying mothers with depression,” Craig Garfield, an associate professor in pediatrics and medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and lead author of the study, explained. “Fathers have not been on the radar screen until recently. Now we know that … right around the time of the birth is an important time to try and capture and screen those dads.”

Taking around 10,253 adolescent males for the study, the researchers attempted to focus on how early fatherhood was linked to a steep rise in the occurrence of symptoms associated with depression.

While 10-15% of new mothers experience postpartum depression, this mental health condition is also found in almost 5-10% of new fathers below 25 years of age. While the exact cause behind this strange and concerning rise is yet to be known, researches speculate that it may have something to do with the fact that young fathers tend to get exhausted and troubled over the increased workload, sleepless nights and the extra care that a newborn baby requires.

The results from the study are now published in the journal Pediatrics

Young Dads May be at a Higher Risk of Postpartum Depression 

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