We don't often hear about risks for new dads but the results of a new study, done at Northwestern University, and just published in the journal, "Pediatrics", says depression can hit new fathers hard and that younger dads are especially at risk.
Researchers studied more than 10,000 new fathers who were around 25-years-old when their child was born.
The study found that depressive symptoms rose, on average by 68 percent, over the first five years of fatherhood for men who lived with their children.
The researchers note as well, that the dramatic increase in depressive symptoms takes place during some of the most important years of their child's lives.
These fathers reported feeling extremely anxious, not being able to enjoy things in life they previously did, or just feeling like they have the blues.
Interestingly, young fathers who did not live with their children showed an increase in depressive symptoms in the years before fatherhood but not during those first five years.
The study's lead author says this is the first study to identify that fathers are at risk for developing these symptoms. He says it is a "wake up call" for all new dads and new families out there and hopes it will lead to more awareness and treatment for young fathers.
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