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Northwestern Study Finds Young Dads at High Risk of Depression

Depression can hit young fathers hard – with symptoms increasing dramatically during some of the most important years of their children’s lives, a new Northwestern Medicine study has found. Depressive symptoms increased on average by 68 percent over the first five years of fatherhood for these young men, who were around 25 years old when they became fathers and lived in the same home as their children. The results of the study were published April 14 in Pediatrics.