In Brief: Children of depression

In Brief

Children of depression

Published: November, 2006

Two new studies throw light on how children are affected by a parent's depression and its treatment.

In the first study, 101 people, average age 35, of parents who had been treated for depression at clinics were compared with 51 matched controls who did not have a depressed parent. Depression in a parent more than doubled the risk for anxiety disorders, depression, and addiction in children. Compared to controls, nearly three times as many children of depressed parents, proportionately, had been treated for emotional problems, and twice as many had taken psychiatric drugs.

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