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Parents At Highest Depression Risk Before Child's First Birthday

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 06:48:1

David Goodhue - AHN News Reporter

London, United Kingdom (AHN) - British researchers say parents are at their highest risk of depression during the first year after their child is born.

Doctors with the Medical Research Council in London said in a recent report that about one-third of mothers and about a fifth of fathers in the United Kingdom experience episodes of depression between their child's birth and 12th year of age.

The highest rates appear to be between birth and the child's first birthday.

The researchers said that parents with a history of depression, who were younger (between 15 to 24) when their children were born and who were less social were more prone to depression than other parents.

The researchers linked depression-risk in parents, especially during the first year, to lack of sleep, new demands and new responsibilities.

A report of the study will be published in the November print issue of the journal, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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