Maternal Depression, Violence at Home May Raise Child’s ADHD Risk

HealthDay News — Preschoolers whose parents report depression and intimate partner violence may be more likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder ADHD by the age of 6, new research suggests.And young children with depressed moms may be more likely to receive prescription drugs to treat behavioral and mental health issues down the road.”Our study indicates that preschoolers who are diagnosed with ADHD are more likely to have been exposed to both intimate partner violence and parental depression within the first three years of life than their peers not exposed to either risk factor,” said study author Dr. Nerissa Bauer, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, in Indianapolis.

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