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Can a child be affected by parent's depression ? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   yes i was wondering if a parent has depreesion can it affect your child
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Dr here
User :   yes my name is
Doctor :   do you mean a lady pt of depression giving birth to child?
User :   well i already have a son
User :   he is only 1yr an 2mnth old
Doctor :   May i know your age and gender?
User :   im 21 male
User :   wife is 21
Doctor :   Ok,
User :   she was going to therapy an counselings an now she wont go or take the meds they gave her
Doctor :   No, there are no chances where depression can be hereditary
User :   ok
Doctor :   Well continue the therapy ,
User :   well im trying to get her too but she refuses
User :   an i just got back from overseas
Doctor :   The psychology of the mother may affect the childs moods, the emotional attachment should not be at stake
User :   ok what are some ways for me to help her
Doctor :   Only way is to council your wife about the need of the treatment for the sake of the baby
User :   okay i see, i made a marriage counsleing for us to go too as well trying to get help for both of us
Doctor :   Ok
User :   so i just need to be supportive to her an let her know that it will help
Doctor :   That may also help, i would consider it wise if the emotions of the mother to child are made use to councel her to go back to therapy
User :   ok she is always happy when the child is around. its just me an what i did in the past an whats happened to her
User :   im not sure what i can do to help make it better
Doctor :   The child itself plays a role in treatment
Doctor :   make sure that she spends more time with the child
User :   cause when im around it seems bad but when they r together what should i do
Doctor :   Don worry , letting her alone with the child is a better option except if she has any aggressive behavior
User :   okay i think that answered my questions
User :   thanks for the help
Doctor :   Is there anything i can help you with ?
User :   no that would be all
User :   thanks again doc
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
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