How Your Mood Affects Your Child
One in four women will suffer with clinical depression at some point in their lives. And while there are effective treatments available, many women suffer in silence, refusing to seek relief. But a study recently released by the National Research Council suggests that moms have an even greater reason to get help: depression can have serious negative effects on their children.
The study found that depressed mothers exhibited more negative parenting, and were frequently more withdrawn from their children than emotionally healthy parents. Additionally, children of depressed parents show higher incidences of poor physical health and behavioral problems of their own.
If you suspect something more serious than simple stress or momentary fatigue is playing a role in your life, learn more about the symptoms of depression. And take heart, here are 5 Things You Can do to Improve Depression and iSpecialist Dr. Walt Larimore says new mothers also need to know the signs and treatment of postpartum depression. Whatever you do, don’t ignore your symptoms. Effective treatment can help you love your life again, and be the kind of mom you want to be.