Monday, September 12, 2011

Treating Mom Helps Child

Maternal depression has been established as a significant risk factor for well-being in children. A Columbia University (et al) study published in the American Journal for Psychiatry in March, 2011, shows that symptoms of children improve and problem behaviors decrease no matter when the mother's depression remits but that functioning improves only with "early-remitting" mothers.

This suggests that while treating mothers' depression at any time is beneficial to children, treating it early helps children to develop improved functioning - not just stop problem behaviors and other symptoms.

There are many ways to treat depression. The message to depressed mothers is: Choose a treatment that feels right to you and get started ASAP, for your child's sake as well as your own. If you are nursing or for other reasons would like to avoid (or reduce) medications, consider neurofeedback or counseling.

Please post any questions or comments here or email me.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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