Postnatal depression affects the relationship between mother and child
Postnatal depression is not only distressing to experience, it appears that it has long term consequences. For example, mothers who have suffered from post-natal depression may develop a poorer relationship with her child than mothers who did not suffer from it.
This is shown by recent research at the University of Kent in Great Britain.
It was already known that postnatal depression affects the development of the child and the bond that a mother has with a child. The new study shows that postnatal depression has a longer effect than expected. For example, the relationship between a mother and child is worse and can even affect the relationship between grandmother and grandchild.
According to the researchers, it is important that, as a result of the results of the study, more has to be invested in ways to prevent postnatal depression.
"The women who suffered from postnatal depression appeared to have a worse relationship with their offspring than women who did not suffer from it. The worse the postnatal depression was, the worse the relationship."