To the Editor: In their meta-analysis, Dr Paulson and Ms Bazemore1 reported a synthesized point prevalence for paternal depression of 10.4% based on studies between the first trimester of pregnancy and 1-year postpartum, more than double the 12-month general population period prevalence for major depressive disorder (MDD) among men (4.8%).2 A recent population survey of more than 15 000 women, on the other hand, found that rates of MDD differed very little, if at all, between women in pregnancy (8.4%) and postpartum (9.3%) compared with nonpregnant women (8.1%).3
Thombs BD, Roseman M, Arthurs E. Prenatal and Postpartum Depression in Fathers and Mothers. JAMA. 2010;304(9):961–962. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1238
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