Approximately 10%-15% of mothers and 10% of fathers suffer from depressive symptoms during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Both maternal and paternal postnatal depression impact adversely on the family and the child’s behavioural development. Both maternal and paternal postnatal depression may impact adversely on outcomes for the child, for example psychiatric disorders and the child’s behavioural development. Infant temperament may be negatively affected and the child’s biological response to stress may also be compromised. It has been demonstrated that states of anxiety and depression are closely related and that more research is needed.
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