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Many children are exposed to depression in their mothers and fathers. Between 6% and 17% of women experience a major depressive episode,1 and rates of subsyndromal depression are even higher.2 Rates in men are considerably lower but still substantial. Further, owing to depression being a highly recurrent disorder,3 many children are exposed multiple times.
Goodman SH. Challenges to Identifying Depression in Men and Women Who Are Parents. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(11):1069-1070. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.207