Massage therapy has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety in pregnant women and depression in the general population.

New research indicates postnatal depression is linked to depression in offspring until age 16.

In the article titled “Maternal Postnatal Depression and the Development of Depression in Offspring Up to 16 Years of Age,” Lynne Murray, M.D., and her British colleagues report on 100 mothers (ranging from 18 to 42 years of age), 58 with postpartum depression, and the likelihood of their children to development depression over a 16 year period.

The authors identified first time mothers with depression at two months postpartum, along with a group of non-depressed women, and evaluated the mothers and their children at 18 months, and 5, 8, 13, and 16 years of age.


The article was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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