ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – According to a recent study, men who become fathers around age 25 have a 68 percent increase of depression symptoms over the first five years of being dads if they live at the same home as their children.
Researchers analyzed data from 10,623 men who participated in the study at the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. The researchers were able to track the fathers for a period of about 20 years, and looked at their depression symptoms.
The researchers noticed that the fathers who did not share a home with their children did not experience the same increase in depression symptoms. Most of the fathers in this study lived with their children.
“Parental depression has a detrimental effect on kids, especially during those first key years of parent-infant attachment,” Dr. Craig Garfield, an associate professor in pediatrics and medical social sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and lead author of the study, said in a statement obtained by Time. “We need to do a better job of helping young dads transition through that time period.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the six most likely symptoms of depression are being in a sad mood; loss of interest in fun activities; changes in eating, sleep, and energy; problems in thinking, concentrating, and making decisions; feeling of worthlessness, shame, or guilt; and thoughts that life is not worth living.
The study was published in the journal Pediatrics.