Depression risks increase for young dads

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'Becoming a dad can be emotionally tough for any guy, but especially for young, first-time fathers. A new study finds that the first five years of parenthood - key attachment and bonding years for a child - may be the riskiest for young dads when it comes to developing depression.

Symptoms of depression increased on average by 68% over the first five years of fatherhood for men who were around 25 years old when they became fathers and lived with their children, according to the study published online today in the journal Pediatrics.

"There's been a significant body of literature describing the effect of mother's depression on child development, and the health care system has tried to rise to the challenge of identifying mothers with depression," says Craig Garfield, an associate professor in pediatrics and medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and lead author of the study. "Fathers have not been on the radar screen until recently. Now we know that ... right around the time of the birth is an important time to try and capture and screen those dads."'

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Of course men are going to get depressed. At this time, they realize they have been sold a bill of goods. Their lives are no longer their own. That what they have been told about marriage and family is a fantasy. They are on the hook for 18-21 years of drudgery at jobs they hate, because such jobs pay well, just so they can support the family. This says nothing about whether the father lives with the kids. He has to pay either way. If he's not with his kids, then that's another reason to get depressed - parental alienation syndrome (PAS), the pain of being separated from your own blood, comes to the attention of these men. And cupcake (the wife) needs to be supported too - be that bringing home the bacon, or alimony. Welcome to the real world young fathers. Now you're locked into financial slavery. No wonder you're getting depressed... bottom line - if you haven't had children and you're young enough so that it's a risk, get a vasectomy.

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