This is a very important revelation, not because it is Ivanka Trump but because postpartum depression is a very serious condition. Depression in the mother or father increases the risk of depression in the child just born and the other children in the family. It also can destroy a marriage. Catholics are NOT immune and the Church’s expectations about family life can trigger a false sense of guilt in the mind of a person with depression. Don’t listen to the guilt if you have it. I implore both mothers and fathers who are experiencing depression after the birth of a child (or any time) to seek immediate help from their physician and a licensed mental health professional. Treatment, whether through antidepressants and definitely through problem solving and cognitive behavioral therapy usually only lasts for a short time. Therefore, don’t hesitate.
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