Babies of mothers dealing with anxiety or depression exhibit physiologically stronger signs of stress and it can help in detecting mothers's mental health condition, according to researcher Fabio Blanco-Dormond of the University of Heidelberg.
The intense bond between the mother and the child. Mothers suffering from mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-natal depression, have difficulties regulating infant’s negative affection.
At least 10-20% of mothers tend to suffer from mood disorders like irritability, changing moods, and mild depression.
Babies whose mothers have anxiety tend to have babies show a significantly increased heart rate and researchers fear its long term effects.