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Postpartum depression in men?

Researchers say 10.4 percent of new dads experience emotional lows – further complicating the parenting challenge

by Rosemary Black
May 19, 2010,

…A number of factors seem to come into play, including hormone changes (estrogen drops in women, and testerone drops in men when there’s a new baby). But there are plenty of other possible culprits – loss of sleep, added responsibilities, and new economic stresses for starters, says Irene Levine, a psychiatry professor at New York University School of Medicine. In some cases, the moods of a new father can darken after his wife gets depressed. "Given the closeness of the marital relationship," Levine says, "it’s not surprising for a dad to get post-baby blues."

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