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".
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."