Men are just as likely as women to suffer postnatal depression and young dads are particularly vulnerable, an Australian study has found.
The study, published in the journal of Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, found 9.7% of dads suffer postnatal depression in the first year of their baby’s life compared with 9.4% for mums.
It also found dads under 30 face a 40% increase in the risk of developing postnatal depression compared with dads aged over 30.
The study tracked the mental health of 3,471 fathers in three waves – when their children were aged 3 to 12 months, 2 to 3 years, and 4 to 5 years.
Co-author Professor Jan Nicholson, from the Parenting Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia, said, “Increasingly there is a recognition that fathers are a key support for women with children.
“This study shows, however, men are vulnerable too, because they are also lacking in sleep and juggling roles and responsibilities.”
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