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How depression in mothers affects kids

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In case you haven't seen it, the Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today on depression in mothers, and how a mom's treatment can help her child's mental health:

...Decades of research have borne out the old expression "when Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." About half of kids with depressed mothers develop the condition - three times the typical risk.

Sadness isn't the only symptom. Children of depressed mothers are more likely to be anxious, irritable and disruptive than other kids.

A study in the American Journal of Psychiatry in March shows, however, that when a mother's depression is successfully treated, her children get progressively better, too - even a year after the treatment ends. And the faster she responds to treatment, the faster her children do, as well.

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