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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dads can get postpartum depression, too


One-tenth to one-quarter of new dads get depressed

By Judy Fortin

HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) - Rob Sandler comforted his infant son as he lifted him out of the crib, cooing in his ear while he walked to the living room.

If his baby had needed to be soothed three months ago, Sandler, 36, of Houston, Texas, might have handed the baby off to his wife and then found an excuse to leave the house.

"Honestly, it felt like when I was at home, the walls became very, very close in. I wouldn't say claustrophobic, but very cabin feverish," Sandler said.

It turned out that Sandler, a medical device salesman, had more than cabin fever. He recently got an official diagnosis: He has a male version of postpartum depression…

Dads can get postpartum depression, too

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