It is during the first year of a baby’s life that parents are mostly at risk of depression, reveals a new UK study. As many as 40% moms and 21% dads experienced episodes of depression by the time that their child turned 12 years, but the likelihood of this depression was most pronounced during the 12 months of a babyâ€™s life.
According to experts, the findings of the research published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine are not surprising.
The arrival of a baby marks very significant changes in the lives of the parents; getting less or poorer quality sleep, increased demands on their time and resources, as well as the pressure that all of this can place on the basic man-woman relationship.
The parents who were seen to be the most at risk of developing postpartum depression are those who became parents at a younger age. Also lower income group parents were more prone to depression, as were those who had a past history of depression.
Statistics showed that the chances of depression were highest during the first year of the newborn babyâ€™s life and though women are seen to be more at risk, men were also seen to be at significant risk.