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Letters to the Editor
October 1998

Offspring of Depressed Mothers

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1998;55(10):949. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.55.10.949

Weissman et al1 reported the consequences of a depressed parent for the offspring. Their conclusion was that the offspring of depressed parents are a high-risk group for onset of anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder in childhood, major depressive disorder in adolescence, and alcohol dependence in adolescence and early adulthood. The authors stated that there has not previously been a follow-up study of the offspring of depressed parents into adulthood that obtained estimates of risk for mental disorders.