by Guest (), Mon Aug 07, 2006 02:30 pm
After years studying postpartum depression in new moms, a recent study suggests that new dads can get depressed, too.
About 14 percent of mothers and 10 percent of fathers suffer from moderate or severe postpartum depression, according to the study in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics.
More incapacitating than the "baby blues," postpartum depression is marked by severe sadness or emptiness, withdrawal from family and friends, a strong sense of failure, and even thoughts of suicide. These emotions can begin two or three weeks after birth and can last up to a year or longer if untreated.
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