Mommy Dearest: Depressed Moms Can Affect Babies' Brains

The out-of-sync parenting of depressed mothers can actually change the physical structure of their child’s brain. Youngsters who don’t have a healthy attachment to their mother can develop a host of mental problems. They might throw frequent temper tantrums, become more withdrawn and nervous, act out in school or even sink into depression themselves.

Researchers at the University of Montreal recently discovered structural abnormalities in the brains of 10-year-old children whose mothers suffered from depression throughout the youngsters’ lives. MRI scans revealed an enlarged amygdala, the almond-shaped clump of neurons in the brain that triggers our primitive survival reflex and regulates our emotions.