Men don't get pregnant. They don't give birth to babies. Their hormones don't yo-yo like nobody's business. Their nipples don't get sore. So, what do they get depressed over when making the transition from 'husband-and-wife' stage to welcoming fatherhood?
According to an article in The Guardian, quite a lot, apparently. Researchers from Sweden have conducted a study on Swedish fathers and whether they had depression after the birth of their child, and found that 30 per cent of the respondents had exhibited signs that scored above mild depression.
A note of concern was that out of this 30 per cent, fewer than one in five of the fathers who were depressed sought help, and more alarmingly, a third of them had thoughts about self-harm. This is vital, as although women in the UK are often asked questions that screen them for signs of postnatal depression, the mental health of fathers is rarely assessed.
Elsa Psouni, the leader of the Swedish study and professor of psychology at Lund University, goes on to explain that the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), which is used for both women and men to detect postnatal depression, is not so accurate in picking up depression in fathers.
This is further reinforced in her research, which reflects higher levels of depression in dads, because it added a score that is more reflective of depression symptoms that are more masculine in nature, such as agitation and drinking too much alcohol.
Psouni adds that fathers also face the same problems as what mothers do - balancing fatherhood with their work demands and job issues. Other factors, like lack of sleep and having conflict in the relationship also contribute to their depression as well.