Wall Street Journal Article Highlights Recent Study of Maternal Depression

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mother_and_sonResearch has shown that children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of becoming depressed and having other behavioral problems. Now, there is more evidence suggesting that parents who get help positively affect the mental state of their children. 

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal highlighted a recent study, which examines the links between maternal major depressive disorder and child psychopathology. In it, researchers found the children of mothers whose depression was previously untreated had significantly improved functioning and psychiatric symptoms after their mothers received treatment.  The WSJ article quotes Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, co-author of the study, as saying, “These findings should alert us. If you have the disease, get into treatment, because it can have a big impact on your family.”1

We at Families for Depression Awareness are always encouraging families to seek professional help to deal with depressive disorders.  If you know a parent who is suffering in silence, refer them to the findings of this study and stress how important wellness is not only for themselves, but also for their children.

1Beck, Melinda.  "Helping Kids Beat Depression...by Treating Mom."  The Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2011, accessed May 18, 2011,  Read the article here.

Read "Children of Depressed Mothers 1 Year After Remission of Maternal Depression: Findings From the STAR*D-Child Study" Abstract

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