Monday, March 16, 2015

Parental Depression Causes Anxiety & Bad Behavior in Toddlers

It's not often that researchers use the term "cause" when assessing variables in human interaction. Usually, the words, "correlation" or "association" are used.

In a study recently completed by a team led by Sheehan Fisher of Northwestern University, researchers found that depression in dads, as well as moms, causes anxiety and bad behavior in toddlers. 

Fisher, an instructor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwester University Memorial Hospital, commented, "Fathers' emotions affect their children," Fisher said. "New fathers should be screened and treated for Postpartum depression as we do for mothers".

What You Can Do:

If you're a new parent - father or mother - the research is clear: your mental and emotional states have a profound effect on your children. 

At Stress Solutions, LLC, we encourage expecting and new parents to take action to manage and master stress, anxiety, and depression. This not only helps new parents cope, but the research tells us well-adjusted parents have a higher probability of raising happy, well-adjusted children.

If you believe you may be at risk for depression or other problem emotional or mental challenges, the wise way forward is to seek professional help early. 

For tips on stress and parenting, send an email to

With love and light,


Stephen Carter
CEO, Stress Solutions, LLC

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