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  • New parents can develop postnatal depression (PND) within the first few months after the arrival of their newborn baby.
  • Around one in 5 mothers and one in 10 fathers develop PND.
  • PND can range from a mild feeling of sadness to a paralysing depression.
  • The exact causes of PND are not known, but the enormous physical, emotional and social changes involved in becoming a parent seem to play a significant role.
  • Support persons can play a big role in helping a parent recover from PND.

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Reviewed on: 16-06-2022