Mom's Mental Illness Affects Children Long-Term

Mother’s suffering from severe mental illnesses may affect the future developmental health of their children from the time of birth, according to studies.

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry in London found that women, who suffer from schizophrenia, depression, bipolar and psychotic disorders, may significantly impact the menta; and developmental welfare of their child through genetics as well as poor health practices, psychiatric medication, breast feeding and the overall physical and emotional care of the child.

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Community studies found that children of mothers suffering from mild-to-moderate depression or anxiety around the time of their birth are more likely to have increased behavioral, emotional, and/or cognitive problem, which may affect their childhood relationships and even school attendance.

Additional observational studies also found that women with severe mental illness often have difficulty relating to their new babies by being indifferent, remote, intrusive, insensitive or self-absorbed, which can make the infants respond by crying excessively and protesting or becoming passive and avoidant.