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How parental depression affects the health of children in the future

If parents suffer from severe depression, then children may also experience mental difficulties in older and adulthood.

After many studies, Swedish psychologists came to the conclusion that the appearance of depression in a child at a later age largely depends on the environment in which he grows and is brought up. The results of the scientists’ research are published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Scientists carefully analyzed and the health of those children who had at least one biological parent with depression, as well as the psychological situation in single-parent families.

The authors of the study concluded that raising children in single-parent families has a significantly greater risk of developing severe depression in them.

Couple arguing behind their children

As it turned out, those who grew up in foster families had a lower risk of later developing depression themselves than those who were brought up by their own parents, who often had a depressive state. At the same time, in comparison with the control group, people whose parents suffered serious mental disorders, in general, showed a greater susceptibility to depression.

The Swedish psychologists noted that adoptive parents are carefully screened and go through a rigorous selection process to ensure they are able to “provide a supportive and generally supportive environment for the adopted child.”

The authors of the study and conclude that their findings further underscore the evidence that high-quality environments in which children grow up can significantly reduce the incidence of depression in the future.

We will remind, earlier scientists said that dependence on gadgets in people can lead to the development of depression. Psychologists noted that it is a big problem when people are too dependent on the device, anxious if it is not at hand, and use the smartphone to the detriment of their daily lives.