According to the recent study, men who become fathers around age 25 have a 68 percent higher increase of depression compared to those who waited to have children at older ages. The depression or depression symptoms really hit hard during men’s first five years of being dads- especially if they live in the same household as their child or children. Researchers found in case studies that dads who didn’t live in the same household with their children didn’t show as much depression than their counterparts who’re living in the same household with their children.
Parents who’re showing signs of depression have already affected their children, and it does have a detrimental effect on children, especially during their first years of development. Even at children’s first few years, the parent and infant attachment is imperative, and the health of the parent is key in the health of the baby.
CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are reporting six most probable depression symptoms which have been reported as: changes in sleep pattern, eating patterns have changed, and changes in energy level; problems with concentrating or in thinking, and making decisions; being in a sad mood; loss of interest in fun activities or that once excited you; a feeling of worthlessness or carrying shame or guilt; and having thoughts that life isn’t worth living.
Researchers analyzed a collection of data from 10,623 men who participated in the study, and used 20 years of information provided by following dads at different stages of fatherhood, which was revealed in the study at the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.