Paternal postpartum depression is the ultimate taboo subject.

Paternal postpartum depression is the ultimate taboo subject.

The arrival of a child represents, in all probability, the most important and cumbersome change in the life of the couple and new parents. But in addition to that shared and individual happiness, very often, people have to deal with a new and unprecedented emotional vulnerability.

However, there is far too little discussion of it, owing to society's desire for the arrival of a child to be a happy event. So the discouragement and fear of not making it that occurs in the first few weeks after giving birth, which experts refer to as baby blues, can develop into something far more dangerous and alarming if not recognized and addressed: post-partum depression.

Fortunately, things are changing, and thanks to information and awareness campaigns, many more women are able to recognize the signs of depression, and most importantly, to talk about it and seek appropriate support.

Postpartum depression affects fathers as well.

On the Ministry of Health's website, in the Women's Health section, there is an information page that informs women about the prevention and treatment of postpartum depression. This is a noble and necessary initiative, given that, according to the same text, depression affects 7 to 12% of new mothers, with varying degrees of severity. Data that makes us think about the conditions of new mothers but excludes the male counterpart. Because, yes, even fathers can experience postpartum depression. They, like mothers, can be agitated or depressed, worried or anxious.

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