Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Risks of Mental Disorders Differ between New Mothers, Fathers

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Risks of Mental Disorders Differ between New Mothers, Fathers

Article excerpt

New mothers are at increased risk for severe mental disorders from the birth of a first child through 3 months post partum. Fathers are at no such risk, a finding that challenges the proposal that severe postpartum mental disorders also affect men.

In primiparous mothers, the rate of incident psychiatric disorders peaks at 10-19 days post partum, with a relative risk of 7.3 compared with risk in women who gave birth 1 year earlier. The elevated risk for schizophrenialike disorders persists for 30 days post partum, risk for bipolar affective disorders persists for 2 months post partum, and risk for unipolar disorders persists for 5 months post partum.

These are the conclusions of a large cohort study of postpartum depression that involved more than 2.3 million residents of Denmark who were born between 1955 and 1990 and followed through 2005, Trine Munk-Olsen of the University of Aarhus and her associates reported.

In the Danish cohort, 630,373 women and 547,431 men became parents for the first time. …

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