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Depression during childbirth can alter a child's mental development
- August 23, 2020
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
A fairly large number of studies on various factors of pregnancy and their influence on the baby after birth, in one way or another, indicate the fact that some of these factors can be especially dangerous. This is precisely what a new study by behavioral and neurobiologists from the Neuroscientific Community of the United States says, who found that the presence of long-term or chronic depression in a pregnant woman is more likely to then affect the psychoemotional state of the child as they grow older – in particular, they decided to conduct an appropriate statistical experiment.
As part of the experiment, the experts assembled a team of 54 pregnant women who were at approximately the same stage of pregnancy – some of these women experienced depression or some symptomatic manifestations of depression, and they were just studied especially carefully. After the entire study group had given birth to their children, the specialists focused on identifying potentially indicative symptoms of instability in the psychoemotional state of children in those mothers who experienced depression during pregnancy.
According to the results of the study, it turned out that more than half of these children sooner or later begin to show unstable markers of the development of their mental intelligence. At this point in time, the main theory indicates that this is due to abnormalities in the development of the white matter and the corresponding parts of the brain, which is expressed in such unstable markers, although it still has some time to retest.
Given the fact that depression manifests itself quite often in the modern world, it can be understood that many unborn children are at potential risk – and also do not forget the fact that some forms of depression can be triggered directly by pregnancy itself. That is why scientists strive to develop the most effective methods and methods of therapy to prevent its consequences on the child.