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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Postpartum Depression

Treating mothers with postpartum depression with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may help make their babies’ brain healthier, in addition to helping the women.

Researchers found that infants displayed positive changes when their mothers received CBT treatment. The babies could better regular their behaviors and emotions.

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“This study shows that cognitive behavioral therapy, a treatment that is short, cost-effective and preferred by women, could potentially reduce the intergenerational transmission of risk from mother to child,’ researchers said.

‘We believe that this is the first time that anyone has shown that treating moms’ postpartum depression can lead to healthy changes in the physiology of the brains of their infants, a finding that we think provides a lot of good news,’ said senior author, Ryan Van Lieshout, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, McMaster University.”