Are Mothers of ADHD Children More Likely to Be Depressed?

Are Mothers of ADHD Children More Likely to Be Depressed?
A small study raises questions…

Read More: http://specialedpost.org/2012/10/28/parenting-a-child-with-adhd-may-trigger-situational-depression/

According to Dr. Louis McCormick, a Louisiana-based family physician, mothers of ADHD children may be at increased risk for depression.

McCormick conducted a year-long study of mothers of children with ADHD who were patients in his Franklin, La., medical practice. Dr. McCormick gave 39 mothers the Self-Test for Depression. Of those 39 mothers, 21 (roughly 54%) had scores that suggested depression.

While this is a small sample, it suggests something that ADHD parents already know: parenting ADHD children can be stressful. Depression caused by events in one’s life is termed ‘situational depression.’ Parenting children who are impulsive, hyper-active, accident prone, or unable to follow directions can be quite stressful.

Previous university research indicates that parents of ADHD children are at double the risk of divorce before their ADHD child even reaches the age of 8!

One may speculate that mothers of ADHD children may have a biological propensity to depression. McCormick postulates that the stress of parenting an ADHD child may trigger that predisposition to depression.

The research cited indicates that one must take action as a parent not only for the ADHD child, but also for the parents’ own mental health.

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Are mothers of ADHD children more likely to be depressed?

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According to Dr. Louis McCormick, a Louisiana-based family physician, mothers of ADHD children may be at increased risk for depression.McCormick conducted a year-long study of mothers of children with ADHD who were patients in his Franklin, La., medical practice. Dr. McCormick gave 39 mothers the Self-Test for Depression. Of those 39 mothers, 21 (roughly 54%) had scores that suggested depression.

While this is a small sample, it suggests something that ADHD parents already know: parenting ADHD children can be stressful. Depression caused by events in one’s life is termed ‘situational depression.’ Parenting children who are impulsive, hyper-active, accident prone, or unable to follow directions can be quite stressful.

Previous university research indicates that parents of ADHD children are at double the risk of divorce before their ADHD child even reaches the age of 8!

One may speculate that mothers of ADHD children may have a biological propensity to depression. McCormick postulates that the stress of parenting an ADHD child may trigger that predisposition to depression.

The research cited indicates that one must take action as a parent not only for the ADHD child, but also for the parents’ own mental health.

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<p>According to Dr. Louis McCormick, a Louisiana-based family physician, mothers of ADHD children may be at increased risk for depression.</p><br />
<p>McCormick conducted a year-long study of mothers of children with ADHD who were patients in his Franklin, La., medical practice. Dr. McCormick gave 39 mothers the Self-Test for Depression. Of those 39 mothers, 21 (roughly 54%) had scores that suggested depression. </p><br />
<p>While this is a small sample, it suggests something that ADHD parents already know: parenting ADHD children can be stressful. Depression caused by events in one's life is termed 'situational depression.' Parenting children who are impulsive, hyper-active, accident prone, or unable to follow directions can be quite stressful. </p><br />
<p>Previous university research indicates that parents of ADHD children are at double the risk of divorce before their ADHD child even reaches the age of 8! </p><br />
<p>One may speculate that mothers of ADHD children may have a biological propensity to depression. McCormick postulates that the stress of parenting an ADHD child may trigger that predisposition to depression.</p><br />
<p>The research cited indicates that one must take action as a parent not only for the ADHD child, but also for the parents' own mental health. </p><br />
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