A Bizarre Link Between Girls and Depression

A Bizarre Link Between Girls and Depression

Apparently, there’s a link between daughters and dads who experience post-natal depression according to a new study. Do you think this is actually true?

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Depression is one of the tougher topics to talk about for a multitude of reasons. It’s a serious health issue that many of us cannot empathize with because we don’t know how it feels to feel so low so consistently, nor do we know the exact cause of it.

Post-natal depression is one that is somewhat interesting because for a while it was believed that only women were susceptible to it. But, according to The New York Post, data from a recent study has debunked that myth while giving more data to peak our curiosity.

Post-natal depression is the period immediately after birth where the mother, or father, feels down, anxious, tearful, irritable, etc. It’s also known as the “baby blues,” and shouldn’t last more than two weeks at the most, according to NHS. But any longer is regarded as potential symptoms for post-natal depression.

Generally, it’s believed that more than one in ten women can fall victim to it, but from recent research of more than 3,000 families in the Bristol area in England done by Cambridge University, roughly one in 20 men were affected by the depression.

And in this study, there was a peculiar link found between fathers exposed to post-natal depression and their daughters going through depression when they hit 18 years of age.

It’s hard to explain because depression can come along in different ways depending on the person. It can be genes, brain chemistry- or how the change of seasons may affect the brain chemistry- stress, health, hormones, life events you have experienced, or simply the environment you surround yourself with.

So, although the study is small, it’s still really interesting, considering the sons were unaffected.

Maybe it’s because of the old father-daughter bond we have all grown accustomed to. As the girl grows up and goes through her teenage years, she develops a strong relationship with her dad while he has always been more protective of his daughter(s) since birth.

Or, as the study’s author Paul Ramchandani put it, “It appears that depression in fathers is linked with an increased level of stress in the whole family.”

And this is a survey that has been going on for nearly 30 years while looking at 3,176 different father-child pairings, giving us a healthy sample size.

More research is obviously needed to flesh out these findings because the larger the sample size the better. But more than that, with additional time, perhaps researchers can dig deeper and find a connection here if there actually is one.

If you are interested in reading more about this, check it out on The New York Post here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Apparently, there’s a link between daughters and dads who experience post-natal depression according to a new study. Do you think this is actually true?

Totals
33% Ya, makes sense
67% No, nonsense
Males
32% Ya, makes sense
68% No, nonsense
Females
33% Ya, makes sense
67% No, nonsense

Ya, makes sense

No, nonsense


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