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Depression Mental Health

1 in 4 new fathers may be suffering from paternal postpartum depression.

Paternal postpartum depression may afflict up to 1 in 4 new fathers, and they are less likely than women to talk to friends and family or to seek medical advice for mental health problems due to the tendency to avoid expressing themselves emotionally and appearing vulnerable. There are additional challenges too, as awareness of paternal postpartum depression is low and new fathers do not undergo screenings as often as new mothers do.

Depression Mental Health

If you’re feeling down after childbirth, don’t ignore it. You could be suffering from postpartum depression.

It is important for women to be able to differentiate between baby blues and PPD and they should seek treatment if symptoms of PPD persist for a long period of time. However, due to the presence of societal expectations or if the new mother is afraid of being judged and criticised, she may not want to reveal to people around her about her problems. This may indirectly jeopardise the care of the newborn.