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Dads with history of
mental health issues
are at risk for
antenatal depression

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New research by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute suggests that dads-to-be with a history of common mental health issues are at a significantly greater risk of developing antenatal depression.

The researchers tracked men between ages 14 and 29 to assess their mental health. They checked in with the men nine times and again during the third trimester of their partner’s pregnancy. The data showed that men who had common mental health problems over the years were four times more likely to experience similar problems during the pregnancy.

Becoming a father is already an overwhelming experience, and if the dad-to-be is struggling with anxiety or depression, this will have an impact on his partner.

The research also suggested that the emotional problems experienced during the pregnancy can continue after the child is born, affecting their relationships with the family and their ability to cope.

The research highlights the support men need as they transition to fatherhood. If your partner is pregnant and you are struggling with anxiety and depression, our MensLine counsellors are here to help you at any time of the day or night. Call us on 1300 78 99 78 or visit our website.


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