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Postpartum depression can affect new fathers too

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 Nov 2017 12:00 AM GMT

London, Nov 7: Post-tal depression — a common phenomenon among new mothers — also occurs in new fathers. However, depression in new fathers is often not recognised, thus increasing their risk of developing serious mental health issues, a study has showed. The findings showed that depression among new fathers is characterised by irritation, restlessness, low stress tolerance and lack of self-control. It may be more common than previously believed, but remains undetected in current screening instruments, thus stripping them of the help they need. Detecting depression in new parents is crucial, not only for their own sake but also because depressed parents often become less perceptive to the needs of their child, particularly if the child cries a lot. (IANS)

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