According to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry, teenagers are more likely to be depressed if their mothers were depressed while pregnant. The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children followed the offspring of more than 8,000 mothers who had postnatal or antenatal depression. The risk of depression was determined to be about 1.3 times higher than normal at age 18 in those children. Researchers suggest treating depression in these pregnant females is important and that medical treatment during pregnancy could lower the risk of future mental health problems in the child. How do you feel about treating depressed pregnant females with medication therapy? What other options do you suggest for the treatment of depression?
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