Eli J. Finkel, a professor of psychology and of management and organizations at Northwestern, writes in a recent op-ed in The New York Times that for decades, admitting that being a new parent could be depressing was not socially acceptable.

In recent years, however, social scientists have demonstrated that being a new parent can be psychologically distressing not just because of a postpartum hormonal crash, but because of "the objectively bleak circumstances new parents often face," Finkel writes in the June 27 op-ed, "The Trauma of Parenthood."

"That you love your child is not always sufficient to counteract this reality," Finkel writes.

To read the full op-ed, please visit The New York Times.

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