Are young fathers susceptible to depression, like mothers, after the birth of a child

(ORDO NEWS) — Scientific studies show that the birth of a child also affects the mental health of the father. Moreover, the appearance of children can be the cause of anxiety, depression.

The results of a study conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Toronto show that new fathers also experience depression and anxiety after having children.

This study analyzed information on the status of almost 2,500 fathers. It turned out that during the first year of a baby’s life, almost every fourth father is prone to depression and anxiety, and after the first year – every eighth.

This means, scientists emphasize, that it is extremely important to identify these features in the early stages and start treatment as soon as possible.

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In addition, it has been scientifically proven that fatherhood is associated with a decrease in testosterone levels, changes in the brain.

As for the risk factors for depression and anxiety, Canadian scientists named the following. These are previously diagnosed mental illness, lack of social support, poor health, difficulties in communicating with children and forming attachment to them.

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