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How does a mother's depression affect her children's risk of depression?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
2 ways: One is by some increased genetic risk and the other by less or irratic attention paid to the child due to the depression. This is why treatment is so important. Treatment works and this usually includes medications and therapy. Post partum depressions that are severe and last beyond the first month of just blues are very serious and are more likely to need medications reserved for bipolar

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