Depression in mothers affects cognitive development in kids
Research has found that a child’s IQ and cognitive development is negatively affected when the mother is depressed.
Depression in mothers can hamper the child's growth up to the age of 16 years.
The mother’s behavior towards the child shapes brain development. In many cases, new mothers go through a phase of depression after the birth of a child.
Usually, the depression lasts for a few months. However, in some cases it can go on for longer.
The affection and attention that mother gives to the child shapes the intelligence and cognitive development.
The communication skills and physical growth of the child is affected as the mother spends the most time with the child.
It was found that mothers who are depressed are not able to attend to their children, creating an emotional void in them.
The study found that children of depressed mothers had an IQ score of 7.3 compared to a score of 7.78 in children without depressed mothers.