Study: Depression During Pregnancy May Be Passed On

Study examined 9,000 pregnant women and their children over 18 years


A British study done over an 18-year period shows that children are more likely to suffer from depression later in life if their mothers were depressed during pregnancy.

Los Angeles Times reports that the study — published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry — showed that women who are depressed while pregnant has a strong effect on whether or not their children will suffer from depression as adolescents. The research also showed that children could also be affected in a similar way if one or both parents suffer from depression after the child is born.

The study examined 8,937 pregnant women who gave birth between April 1991 and December 1992 and collected results on their children periodically until they turned 18. Researchers believe that this data could help in preventing children from getting depressed later in life by treating them at an early age.

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