About baby blues
About postpartum depression
About postpartum psychosis
causes perintal depression
How Depression Affects Children
Children who grow up with a depressed mother tend to have more problems than children whose parents are not depressed. Attachment is a deep emotional bond that a baby forms with the person who provides most of his/her care (usually the mother). A "secure attachment" forms when a mother responds to her baby's needs consistently and lovingly. Attachment makes a baby feel safe and secure, helps them trust others and is believed to be an important predictor of a child's future adjustment.
Talking with Children About Depression
If you have been diagnosed with depression, you may be concerned about whether you should tell your children. If you had a different illness would you tell them? Many mothers diagnosed with depression worry about whether they should tell their children, and if so, how to begin talking to their children about their depression. It may be uncomfortable talking with your kids about depression, but talking can affect the impact your depression has on them.
You can help your child better understand your depression by explaining what mental health problems are, their causes and ways they can be treated. Explain that mental illnesses can affect the way a person thinks, feels and acts. Here are some tips for talking with your child about depression:
Resources for Children
Web Site Resources
to Expect When Your Mom is Pregnant - What
should you expect when your mom is expecting?
Teen Line - 1-800-443-8336
(resource for Iowa teens)