Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders

About Paternal Depression

Depression in fathers can have a major impact on personal well-being and functioning as a parent, a partner, and in other life roles. In particular, paternal postpartum depression is prevalent (~8 percent), with higher rates occurring late in first year postpartum. Fathers with depression tend to experience traditional symptoms of depression along with other symptoms more commonly displayed by men. These include:

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