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Childhood development is severely affected by persistent postnatal depression

Maternal care is known to influence childhood development. However, the long-term effects of maternal depression have not been extensively studied. In a first, researchers from Universities of Bristol, Reading and Oxford has found that severe postnatal maternal depression which has persisted beyond 6 months adversely affects the child's long-term development. It increased the risk of behavioural problems, low GCSE math scores at 16 years of age and a higher risk of depression at 18 years. This makes it an urgent issue to tackle not only for new moms but also for the long-term benefits of their offsprings.

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