MIKE AND TRUDI POLL: "Do you agree that men can suffer from post natal depression?"

16/02/2017
It's not only women who suffer from postnatal depression - men can get it too.

While for many fathers the arrival of a baby is a magical, life changing moment, new research reveals as many as one in 25 New Zealand men experienced post-natal depression.

The Growing Up in New Zealand study investigated depression symptoms in more than 3500 men during the third trimester of their partner's pregnancy, and again nine months after their child was born.

It found that 2.3 percent of fathers (one in 43) experienced depression during the pregnancy, increasing to 4.3 percent (one in 23) nine months after their child was born.

By comparison, earlier figures found one in eight mothers experienced depression symptoms during pregnancy, with one in 12 experiencing symptoms post-natally.

Study author Dr Lisa Underwood, from the University of Auckland, says that while pre- and post-natal depression has been studied extensively in mothers, there has been little done to identify symptoms in men.

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