Maternal Depression

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Maternal Depression: The Effects on Young Children Maternal Depression includes a wide range of mood disorders that can affect a woman during pregnancy and after the birth of her child. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in U.S especially in women who are expecting a child or are already a mother. Approximately 12% of women in the U.S. suffer with some kind of depression every year. () Maternal depression also can be connected to how a child develops. The mother's depression can have a huge impact on the child's physical, emotional, social, academic, and cognitive abilities. What exactly are the effects on young children due to maternal depression? It is the behavioral changes that occur in a child due to the depression of his or her mother. The causes of depression in a mother can be broken down into four different categories: genetic (i.e. present in families past), biochemical (i.e. chemical Imbalance in the mother) , environmental (i.e. divorce or death in family), and psychological (i.e. postpartum and prenatal depression,). What cause the behavioral problems in the child are due to the changes in the relationship between the depressed mother and their child. Their relationship is often not as interactive as relationships between non-depressed mothers. The mother often shows less attentiveness and responsiveness to what their child may need. The mother also acts as poor role model for their child they often don’t set limits on their children and if they do they do not follow through with them. This can cause the child to be non-compliant to them and other adults and peers. There is no exact estimate of how many children in the U.S suffer from behavioral problems due to their mother’s depression. This is because there are no specific specifications for diagnosing children with problems caused by their mother's M.D.…...

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