FAMILY FIRST: Depression and Economy

By: Sarah Carlson Email
By: Sarah Carlson Email

In these tough economic times, people with depression may be more likely to see their symptoms flare up, but it's not often we think about how this impacts the children in the family.

We talked with a local depression expert about how kids suffer too and what their loved ones should do.

Dr. John Greist of Heathcare Technology systems in Madison highlights a study that really illustrates the connection.

In a study of 155 depressed mothers, 35 percent of the children had a related depression, anxiety or behavior disorder.

All of the mothers were treated for 12 weeks.

If the mothers got well, the number of children with those illnesses went down to 24% if not, the number rose to 43%.

Dr. Greist suggets if you have a loved one who's depressed, let them know that everyone can feel it.

"It's accurate to say you know, I'm worried about the effect of your depression on our children! And kiddies pick this up, they often are very sweet in their concern that they express."

And even if a depressed person avoids talking about their problems, they may have been waiting for a chance to open up.

"It's usually a great relief for someone who's depressed to have someone else recognize it and reach out to them."

Dr. Greist says remember that it often takes more than one person to find the strength to save the person... and their children... from a lifetime of suffering.

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