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Fathers should be screened for postpartum depression too, says Survey

Fathers with postpartum depression are also less likely than mothers to ask for help

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Vishwadha Chander | Reuters
Screening fathers for postpartum depression is as important as screening mothers, researchers argue, and current guidelines don’t go far enough in urging doctors to identify new fathers who may be suffering.
A perspectives piece in the journal Pediatrics points out that recent guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommend that pediatricians use well-child visits to screen mothers for postpartum depression, yet they hardly mention fathers.

The guidance from these two respected organisations risks “being out of touch with contemporary American families,” the authors write, in light of all
Topics : Depression

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First Published: Dec 28 2019 | 11:21 PM IST

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