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Shannon Erisman, Ph.D., director of the Day Program at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island said that the birth of a baby significantly impacts both first time parents.

Postpartum depression in new dads: under-diagnosed and under-treated

By Phyllis Hanlon

Since the early 1990s there has been a growing body of research drawing attention to and appreciation of postpartum depression in new dads, according to Shannon Erisman, Ph.D., director of the Day Program at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She explained that the birth of a baby represents a huge role transition, especially for first time parents. For males, the transition may be especially difficult, particularly if they’ve had prior episodes of depression and are younger at the time of the birth. “Men who are younger than 25 are socially deprived, have less support and are at greater [More]

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