Depressed parent, depressed child?

Published: November, 2011

Researchers are testing family interventions for treatment and prevention.

Depression is one of the most common mental health problems in the United States, affecting about one in six adults at some point. About 7.5 million of those affected each year are parents. When a parent is depressed, the likelihood increases that his or her children will develop this mood disorder as well.

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