Columbia University Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
New Findings on Timing and Range of Maternal Mental Illness
June 15, 2014 - June 17, 2014

But studies indicate that maternal stress may undermine women’s ability to bond with or care for their children, and that children’s emotional and cognitive health may suffer as a result.

A complex interplay of genes, stress and hormones causes maternal mental illness, scientists say. “Hormones go up more than a hundredfold,” said Dr. Margaret Spinelli, the director of the Women’s Program in Columbia University’s psychiatry department. After birth, hormones plummet, a roller coaster that can “disrupt brain chemistry,” she said.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/16/health/thinking-of-ways-to-harm-her.ht...

 

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