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Psychological medicine

Recognising new fathers with depression

Philip M Boyce, Joanne Robinson

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Abstract

Men may experience similar psychosocial stresses to women in the transition to parenthood and are also at increased risk of developing depression and/or anxiety at this time.

Article Extract

The focus of perinatal psychiatry has been on maternal wellbeing during the perinatal period, in recognition of women’s high risk of developing psychiatric disorders at this time, especially depression or anxiety. Although disorders such as puerperal psychosis can be attributed to the physiological changes associated with pregnancy and parturition, the high-prevalence disorders of depression and anxiety arise as a consequence of psychosocial stresses. More attention is now being paid to how new fathers cope over this time as they are confronted with similar psychosocial stresses that put them at risk of developing depression and anxiety.

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