It is a little know fact that new dads can suffer from Postpartum Depression, that is until recently. James F. Paulson, PhD, of the Center for Pediatric Research at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA recently spoke to WebMD about their recent research which says that 2 out of every 1000 new dads meet criteria that meets the standards for moderate to sever Postpartum Depression. The study also shows that new fathers have a 3-5% higher chance of being depressed than the general population.
There is even more shocking news, according to Paulson.
“What we found,” Paulson says, “is that both moms and dads who were depressed were significantly less likely to engage in interactions such as reading, telling stories, and singing songs to their infants.”
But only the dads’ behavior significantly affected their child’s development at 24 months — “specifically in terms of how many words the child used,” Paulson says.
“If their dads were depressed and didn’t read to them, the infants had a much smaller vocabulary,” he says. And according to Paulson, there was no noticeable link between postpartum moms and their children’s vocabulary at 24 months.
For more information, please read the article at WebMD. If you think you are suffering from depression after the birth of a child or if you just want to know even more, visit The Postpartum Dads Project (full disclosure: My wife’s site), Postpartum Men.
For insight into the life of a new father dealing with depression, please visit my other blog, Diary of Real Man.