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Anxiety problems around childbirth ‘a problem for men as well as women’

25th November 2015

A new study has demonstrated the often overlooked mental health risk that men face during the period surrounding the birth of a new child.

The Australian National University research reviewed 43 separate studies and found anxiety before and after a child arrives is just as prevalent as postnatal depression, with some studies suggesting more than 20 percent of parents suffer from anxiety or depression.

Around two in ten women experience anxiety surrounding childbirth, with this rate being almost as high in men at one in ten. Symptoms of anxiety can include excess worrying, feeling irritable and fears for the baby's safety, as well as physical symptoms such as elevated heart rates, feeling sweaty, poor sleep and low appetite.

Key risk factors include lack of social support – especially from a partner – plus financial difficulties and a history of mental health problems.

Dr Liana Leach, mental health researcher at Australian National University, said: "It is normal to be nervous, but anxiety can become a problem when it persists for extended periods and interferes with everyday functioning."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801806666-ADNFCR

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