Expectant Dads May Also Experience Elevated Symptoms Of Depression During Partners’ Pregnancies

The CBS News (10/7, Marcus) website reports that expectant fathers “may feel stressed, worn down, and anxious about the ins and outs of pregnancy and new parenthood,” according to research published online Sept. 18 in the American Journal of Men’s Health. The 622-participant study revealed that “more than 13 percent of first-time expectant fathers reported elevated symptoms of depression during their partners’ pregnancies.”

But, Philip Muskin, MD, “a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and chief of service of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, said it’s important to clarify that the researchers looked at depressive symptoms, which are not the same as depression.” Dr. Muskin, “who is also a member of the scientific program committee at the American Psychiatric Association…was not involved in the study.”

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— “Dads-to-be may be at risk for “baby blues”,” Mary Trophy Marcus, CBS News, October 6, 2015.

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