What are the statistics of postpartum depression?


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A study conducted by the CDC found that between 11 and 20 percent of women who give birth experience postpartum depression in the first year, explains Postpartum Progress. However, because of the shame associated with this mental illness, researchers believe the incidence may be higher, up to 25 percent.

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Postpartum depression is considered a public health crisis because health care providers believe that only 15 percent of mothers with this illness receive medical treatment, according to Postpartum Progress. This is due, in part, because providers are not screening enough women for postpartum depression. Women also go untreated because they are embarrassed or ashamed to be having depressive symptoms and to need psychiatric medications.

Approximately 4 percent of fathers also have an episode of postpartum depression in the first year of the child's life, according to the CDC.

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