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Post-natal depression a problems for dads too, says study

24th May 2010

A study into the experiences of new fathers following the birth of a baby has shown that many suffer the symptoms of post-natal depression.

Researchers writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association found one in ten new fathers experience some form of the mental condition.

Those behind the study have warned that while this figure may be below that experienced by new mothers, the effect of the condition on fathers is often overlooked, meaning depressive symptoms often kick in a few months after the baby is born.

According to lead researcher Dr James Paulson, assistant professor of paediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School, the first three months postpartum show the lowest rates of depression (7.7 per cent), while the three to six-month postpartum period shows the highest rate (25.6 per cent).

Dr Paulson concluded that more research into this area should be conducted in order to encourage early identification of paternal depression, as well as providing a better understanding of how the condition affects children.

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