A new study has revealed that fathers are equally as likely to experience postnatal depression as their partner during the first 12 months of their child’s life. It was found that fathers under the age of 30 were 40% more likely to get postnatal depression then fathers over 30.
“As the birth of a baby can result in profound changes to lifestyle and recreation, sleep patterns, couple relationships and identity, it is not surprising that adjustment difficulties may arise for fathers at this time,” the researchers note.
Nicholson says their study shows 9.7 per cent of fathers suffer postnatal depression in the first year of their child’s life. This compares with a rate of postnatal depression among new mothers of 9.4 per cent.
The research has recommended that to begin tackling the situation there first needs to be a large focus on increasing awareness of an issue that is largely unknown about by the general population.
There also needs to be some form of screening for fathers of newborns for risk factors associated with the development of depression.
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