Dads can get postpartum depression too, claims a new study.
According to the report, published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, if a man’s testosterone levels drop after their baby is born, they are susceptible to PPD. IN addition, lack of regular sleep and working full time contribute to the feelings of depression.
About 10 percent of the men asked revealed they suffered symptoms of depression following the birth of a child. On the other end, men whose testosterone levels spiked after their baby was born tended to show emotional, verbal or physical aggression toward their partners.
On the plus side (if there is one) depressed men’s partners were found to report fewer symptoms of depression themselves.
“We often think of motherhood as biologically driven,” says Darby Saxbe, the study’s lead author. “[But] we are still figuring out the biology of what makes dads tick.”
She added: “We know that fathers contribute a lot to child-rearing . . . So it is important to figure out how to support fathers and what factors explain why some fathers are very involved in raising their children while some are absent.”
The study followed149 couples in the U.S. for 15 months after their children’s births.
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