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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How many women suffer postnatal depression in Australia?

    What percentage of women suffer postnatal depression in Australia?
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    About 20%.

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  • Dr Nitsa Stylianou

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Specialist in Adult Anxiety and Depression View Profile

    It is estimated that over 1800 Australian parents are diagnosed with antenatal or postnatal depression every week.  Postnatal depression in particular affects up to 15 percent of childbearing women.  But we must bear in mind that these statistics only reflect self-reported cases of postnatal depression.  There are many women who do not come to our attention because of feelings of fear and/or shame.  I would thus argue that the average number of mothers who experience mood and anxiety disorders is more likely in the 20 per cent range.

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