Signs of postnatal depression missed in fathers

Invisibility of depression may force them to cope on their own

While many people can pick up on signs of postnatal depression in new mothers, the same signs are often missed in fathers, a British study suggests.

Depressed man

There needs to be greater awareness that the mental health disorder can occur in either parent for up to a year after the birth of a child, researchers say.

Professor Viren Swami, a psychologist at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK, conducted a study to see if people reacted differently to possible postnatal depression (PND) in men and women.