What is it about?

We are wanting to understand how to better recognize and develop sustainable interventions for new dads who are depressed during the perinatal period.

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Why is it important?

The incidence of depression is high in the general population and for men who are a challenge to get into therapy and GP services this is no less the case. Having a child can be a stressful experience for the mother but also the father and timely interventions for depression can help both parents and the family.

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Just before my first child was born my wife broke her leg and suffered a pulmonary embolus. Her and my beautiful son nearly perished, it was a traumatic birth in intensive care and a long recovery. Many men experience trauma around birth for different reasons and find coping skills less than optimal. Our publication is a start in the attempt to understand and support the male experience during and after childbirth.

Prof Anthony P O'Brien
Newcastle University

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This page is a summary of: New Fathers’ Perinatal Depression and Anxiety—Treatment Options: An Integrative Review, American Journal of Men s Health, September 2016, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1557988316669047.
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