New parents likely to see trouble with mental health

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Researchers interviewed a group of men and women who had anxiety, depression or other mental problems after having their first baby.

People typically focus on the mom and new baby and forget to ask about the father and how he is doing.

(NBC) - A new study finds financial and cultural pressures can cause mental health problems in new moms and dads.

Researchers interviewed a group of men and women who had anxiety, depression or other mental problems after having their first baby.

Lower income parents were most likely to be worried about their ability to meet their infant's basic needs - like food, safe housing, and affordable childcare.

But among middle class parents - stress came from cultural pressure to be perfect mothers and fathers.

Women especially tended to internalize that guilt.

Experts say men struggle silently as well.

People typically focus on the mom and new baby and forget to ask about the father and how he is doing.


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