Postpartum depression in new fathers too?

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A study published in the May 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that a significant number of new dads develop postpartum depression. According to the data, about one in ten new fathers experience depression during the first six months of a new-born’s life. According to James F. Paulson, PhD, and Sharnail D. Bazemore, MS, of Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, “This suggests that paternal prenatal and postpartum depression represents a significant public health concern…” Previous studies indicate numbers between 10 and 30 percent for maternal depression; however, mood disorders in new fathers have been largely ignored. Click here to read an article from the New York Times that discusses this study more.

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