Parental Depression
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Parental depression, which affects an estimated 7.5 million people, can take a serious toll on children.

The National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine estimates that 15 million children in this country live with a parent who has major or severe depression.

The report traced the impact that parental depression may have on children and found that depressed pregnant women may be less likely to get prenatal care. Also, depressed moms may be less attentive or less able to respond in a healthy way to their babiesí needs.

Parental depression has been linked to childrenís early signs of a more difficult temperament, including more negativity, less happiness, poorer social skills, more vulnerability to depression, more self blame, less self-worth and a less effective response system to stress.

Older children and teens may experience stress from a depressed parent. Depression saps energy, which can make it harder for patients to seek help.

The risks to children differ depending on the childís age, researchers said.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.