The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that all pregnant women be screened for depression. The importance of this recommendation was recently underscored by a study that found that depression may be passed from mothers to daughters, in particular. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the parts of the brain where physical changes are indicative of mood disorders (anxiety and depression). They found a link between signs of depression in the brains of women (with no previous diagnosis of depression) and their daughters to be far more prevalent than among mothers and sons and fathers and sons or daughters. Depressed pregnant women should seek help for this treatable mental condition.
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P.S. Researchers in the study mentioned above noted that brains of women who had become pregnant with implanted donor eggs were also found to be more likely to pass on depression to their daughters.