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Report: Postpartum Depression Can Afflict Fathers, Too

Report: Postpartum Depression Can Afflict Fathers, Too
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By    |   Sunday, 12 August 2018 09:30 AM

The stress of being a new father can lead to a male version of postpartum depression – anxiety, sleep deprivation, and burnout at work – MarketWatch reported from an American Psychological Association (APA) presentation this week.

Postpartum depression has been associated with the hormonal changes after child birth, but new fathers closely connected to their family can experience similar changes, according to the report.

Also, the lack of sleep and routine disruptions can add to the depression, anxiety, irritability, concentration problems, and excessive weight loss or gain, according to APA researcher Sara Rosenquist and Center for Men's Excellence psychologist Dan Singley.

The father's symptoms "have a negative impact on family relationships, as well as the health of mothers and children," according to the researchers.

Additionally, the challenges of being a father and a provider force fathers to work harder and longer, perhaps, which can lead to burnout. The data might suggest some fathers should take a paternity leave.

Statistically, 10 percent of dads experience postpartum depression — about the same of adoptive mothers — and up to 18 percent develop an anxiety disorder, according to the report.

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