The first step, researchers seem to agree, is improving awareness that paternal prenatal and postpartum depression exists and is likely to affect about one in 10 fathers. With more than 10,000 children being born each day in the U.S. and more than 14 percent of U.S. fathers experiencing some depression during pregnancy or the first year of infancy, "that's not an insignificant number" of men who will get depressed, Courtenay says.
But experts are making headway in informing the medical community—and the general public. Paulson notes that most of the studies he found on paternal depression have been published in the past several years, and other indicators are looking up, as well. Not too long ago, typing "paternal depression" into Google would return the suggestion: "did you mean maternal depression," he noted at the press conference today. The same search now quickly turns up more than 18,000 results.