Fathers with postnatal depression are more likely to have teenage daughters with mental health problems & # 39;
- Studies show child birth can lead to depression among men
- Up to 10% of men report symptoms compared to around 20% of mothers
- This has been linked to poor adolescent mental health by studying 3,000 families
Fathers who suffer from postnatal depression are more likely to have girls who experience mental health problems in their teens, the researchers said.
Research increasingly shows that child birth can cause depression between men and women.
Up to 10 percent of men report these symptoms compared to about 20 percent of mothers.
Research increasingly shows that child birth can cause depression between men and women
Now it has been linked to poor adolescent mental health by researching 3,000 families from all over Bristol.
Girls are more likely to suffer from depression at age 18 if their father experiences it after their birth.
Children, however, were found not affected, according to researchers from the universities of Cambridge, Bristol, Oxford, and Imperial and UCL in London.
Writing in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry, the authors say, "We have found girls with fathers with depression during the postnatal period at risk of depression after puberty, but such risks are not seen in boys."
The researchers believe this could happen because girls may be more sensitive to the way their father interacts with them as babies, with long-term results.
For boys this seems to have only short-term effects, they said.
A father's depression is also likely to trigger conditions among mothers, with a knock-on effect on girls, the researchers said.
Professor Paul Ramchandani, from Cambridge University, said: & # 39; Research from family studies in Bristol has shown that fathers can experience depression in the postnatal and maternal periods.
& # 39; What's new in this paper is that we can follow up young people from birth to 18 years of age.
"It seems that depression in fathers is associated with an increase in stress levels throughout the family, and that this might be one way in which offspring can be affected."
He said the study highlighted the importance of helping depressed fathers.
WHAT IS POSTNATAL DEPRESSION?
Postnatal depression is a form of mental health condition that affects more than one in 10 women in the UK and US in a year after giving birth.
Because many men can be influenced as women, research shows.
Many parents feel sad, crying and anxious in the first two weeks after having children, which is often called & # 39; baby blues & # 39 ;.
But if symptoms start later or longer, they may suffer from postnatal depression.
Postnatal depression is as serious as others from mental health disorders.
- Continual sadness
- Lack of pleasure or interest in the wider world
- Strive to bond with your baby
- Back off from someone else
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Scary thoughts, like hurting your baby
Patients do not have to wait until their symptoms just disappear.
Instead they must realize that it is not their fault, they are depressed and that does not make them bad parents.
If you or your partner suffer, talk to your general practitioner or your health visitor.
Care can include helping yourself, such as talking to loved ones, resting when you can and taking the time to do things that you like. Therapy can also be prescribed.
In severe cases where other options do not help, antidepressants can be recommended. The doctor will prescribe medication that is safe to consume while breastfeeding.
The cause of postnatal depression is unclear, however, it is more common in those who have a history of mental health problems.
Lack of support from loved ones, bad relationships with partners and life-changing events, such as mourning, can also increase risk.