Maternal depression may affect a child's mental health

Maternal depression may affect a child’s mental health

The researchers found that their findings show the complex effects of mother’s depression on children’s physiology, health and psychopathology.


Women, watch out. If you suffer from depression, your child’s stress and physical well-being may be compromised for life, says a new study.

The results published in the Journal of Diabetes suggest that depressed mothers had the highest levels of cortisol (CT) and secretory immunoglobulins. (S-IgA) – Markers for stress and immune system levels and show negative aging, characterized by a negative, intrusive and critical effect.

As a result of mothers and children during the first decade of life, we found that exposure to maternal depression affects the immune function of the child and the stress response, “said senior author Ruth Feldman of the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center, a not-for-profit According to Feldman, the research team tracked 125 children from birth to the age of 10.


After 10 years, the TC and s-IgA were measured by mothers and children, the team monitored its interaction and the participants did as well the psychiatric diagnosis. The researchers found that children with depressive mothers tended to have some psychiatric disorders, highers IgA levels, and greater social retreat.


“We also found that the deficits in the child’s and the child’s response Immunity to stress from similar effects of stress expression were influenced by mothers. The researchers noted that their findings demonstrate the complex effects of mother’s depression on the physiology, health and psychopathology of children and advocate the need for early intervention specifically targeted to the mother and child emphasize and improve the behavior of parents.

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