Two in five new parents experience mental health issues

Confused woman - people feeling confusionAre you a new parent, or know a new parent who is struggling with anxiety or depression? A recent poll shows that 2 in 5 new parents will suffer from a mental health disorder after birth.

New mothers and fathers need to be aware that it is normal to struggle after the birth of a first child. Help and support from friends, family and professionals is imperative to getting through the tough situation.

Recognise that the range and prevalence of anxiety disorders (including generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder) and depression are under-recognised throughout pregnancy and the postnatal period. — National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice)

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