According to a study by the Eastern Virginia Medical School, mothers aren’t the only ones at risk for postpartum depression. Researchers said that a ‘strikingly high’ number of fathers are also affected.
‘In a study of more than 5,000 U.S. couples that had recently had a baby, 14 percent of mothers and 10 percent of fathers were found to have significant levels of depression….
…The 10-percent rate in the current study is substantial, according to the researchers, being more than twice the rate seen among the general U.S. population of men.
Most people, including health professionals, don’t even think of fathers as having postpartum depression, said lead study author Dr. James F. Paulson….’Read more → (CNN.com)
The focus of the study was on the effects of depression on the parenting abilities of mothers and fathers; the effect being, of course, less positive interaction between parents and their infant children.
I can’t recall experiencing any significant depression after Ian’s birth, apart from the insurmountable terror of being allowed to leave the hospital without so much as a ‘Hey, do you know what you’re doing?’ But it certainly doesn’t surprise me that fathers are quite susceptible to postpartum depression. The impact of having a child, on anyone’s life, simply cannot be overstated.
I’m a little shocked that the study found only a 4% discrepancy between mothers and fathers, a difference which, perhaps, could easily be attributed to hormones. Let alone, you know, having given birth.
Did anyone here experience depression after your child was born?