In the past, most of the research concerning postnatal depression has focussed mainly on women and its impact on them. However, there is now mounting evidence which suggests that men are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the post baby blues.
According to a recent study conducted by the University of Michigan, 40 per cent of ‘sad’ dads also ‘spanked’ their children, compared to just 13 per cent of dads who were not depressed.
The study, which was published in the online journal Pediatrics, found that 7 per cent of new fathers had recently suffered major depression, and though a large percentage of them were in contact with their child’s doctor, very few took the opportunity to get help.
Author of the study Dr Neal Davies...