In this interview, Dr. Weissman discusses findings from previous her studies of depression and how it affects families (1, 2). The research suggests a parent with depression may act as an environmental stress for the child, which emphasizes the importance of vigorously treating parents with depression.
Dr Weissman is currently conducting a study exploring the effects of maternal or paternal recovery from depression on children in cooperation with the Dual Therapy study at the DES. Click to learn more about the ongoing research or call 212-543-6659.
1. Weissman MM, Pilowsky DJ, Wickramaratne PJ, Talati A, Wisniewski SR, Fava M, Hughes CW, Garber J, Malloy E, King CA, Cerda G, Sood AB, Alpert JE, Trivedi MH, Rush AJ, STAR*D Child Team: Remissions in maternal depression and child psychopathology: a STAR*D-Child report. JAMA 2006; 295:1389–1398
2. Weissman MM, Wickramaratne P, Nomura Y, Warner V, Verdeli H, Pilowsky DJ, Grillon C, Bruder G: Families at high and low risk for depression: a 3-generation study. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2005; 62:29–36