Sunday, December 30, 2007

Maternal depression

This terminal insomnia is really getting old.

I just read an article about Marian Radke-Yarrow, a psychologist who studied maternal depression in many forms. Apparently children of mothers with bipolar disorder tend to do slightly better than "normal" children in elementary school but by adolescence are as troubled as children of mothers with unipolar depression. Of course, not all children of mothers who are depressed suffer ill effects -- some are resilient.

I know I should stop breastfeeding and not worry about how my illness might impact my putative children, but I can't help reading articles like this and wondering.
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