New dads can also suffer post-partum depression

Depression is quite common in the Western world.  It has been widely known for years that many new mothers can develop post-partum depression.  However, new research has discovered that men can also be affected.

Researchers from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk sought to get an accurate estimate for what percentage of men experience depression in the year after their child was born, using commonly accepted depression measures. They conducted a statistical review of 43 previously published studies involving 28,000 male and female adults.

Some 10.4% of fathers experience depression during the postpartum period, the analysis showed. In the general population, 4.8% of men are believed depressed at any given point in time, according to government data.

For women, the rate of postpartum depression was estimated at nearly 24%, according to the new analysis, which was published Tuesday in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. (Source)

If you think you might be depressed, check this basic list of symptoms.  There’s no shame in admitting that you have depression.  It’s a common affliction that can subtract a lot from your quality of life.  But fortunately, there are many ways to treat it.  If you exhibit symptoms, please speak to a doctor.  There’s no need to continue suffering.  Don’t let depression deprive you of the joy of living and of parenting.  Help is available!

Take care.

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