Findings published in the journal Paediatrics suggest that fathers as well as mothers are at risk of developing depression after the birth of their first child – especially if they are in their mid-twenties.
The research – which involved a survey of more than 10,000 men with an average age of 25 – found that depression in fathers increased by 68% in the first five years after the birth.
Doctors are now calling for new fathers to join new mothers in screenings for post-natal depression. This is considered particularly crucial for ensuring the illness does not impact their children.
Professor Craig Garfield, a paediatrician at Northwestern University in Chicago, praised the results for providing a basis for more effective interventions and treatment.
He said: “It is not just new mums who need to be screened for depression, dads are at risk, too.
“Parental depression has a detrimental effect on kids, especially during those first key years of parent and infant attachment…Read more