NEW YORK, March 21 - Treating mothers with depression can help their children as well, found researchers from the federally funded STAR*D study of therapies for depression. When depressed mothers achieve remission of their depression after three months on medication, the diagnoses and symptoms in their children of anxiety, disruptive behaviors, and depressive disorders also went down significantly, reported Myrna M. Weissman, Ph.D., of the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia here, and colleagues at other centers.
"The bottom line message is: mothers who are depressed, go get treated for your depression," said psychiatrist A. John Rush, M.D., of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, a co-author. "It will help not only you, but your child."
I'm all about that bottom line!