After giving birth, anxiety is more frequent than depression

Publié le : 12 March 2013

 A recent study carried out among "1,100 women aged 29 on average, all first-time mothers," makes it possible to assess "after they return home, within 2 weeks, 2 months and 6 months [the frequency of] anxiety, depression, and other more general parameters concerning their state of health, including breast-feeding." The results of this study, to appear in April in the American journal Paediatrics, reveals that"post-partum anxiety appears to be more frequent than depression". Indeed, "17% of young mothers show symptoms of anxiety – defined as intense emotions in response to a situation experienced as stressful, dangerous or threatening, in the immediate post-partum period, whereas depression concerns only 6% of women." Moreover, "at two months and 6 months, the anxiety symptoms were considerably less present and concerned respectively 6% and 7% of women". 

Dr Ian Paul from Pennsylvania in the United State, the principal author of the study, says that "these data are important for clinical staff because they can affect the breast-feeding period […], but for the majority of women, these episodes pass fairly quickly and without treatment.

Lastly, "the authors agree on the fact that this state of anxiety ought to be known by doctors, but in no case should it be treated medically because it is a ‘normal’ emotional state that accompanies one of the major events of life.

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