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Not that any of this is really news to us, but hey.  Here it is in a national publication. 

Moms pass depression on to kids

By Rita Rubin, USA TODAY

Treating a mother's depression can alleviate or even prevent psychiatric problems in her children, a study reports today.

But a mother's continued depression increases her child's risk of such problems, the study shows. It is believed to be the first published research on the link between remission of a mother's depression and her child's mental health.

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"We know that depression and other disorders are brought on by strong environmental stresses," says lead author Myrna Weissman, a psychologist at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. "Having a parent with an illness is a big environmental stress."

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Click the linky link for the complete story. 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-0...on_x.htm?csp=24

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