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The Intergenerational Transmission of Depression
March 31, 2021 @ 18:00 – 19:00
LivPsych explores the interaction between maternal mental health as a risk factor for the development of depression in their offspring…
Children born to mothers experiencing prenatal and postnatal depression have been shown to be at greater risk of developing subsequent depression, in both adolescence and adulthood. This talk will describe the evolution of our thinking about early adversity and depression. We are beginning to understand that not only postnatal, but also the prenatal environment is important. This has arisen from a better understanding of the developmental origins of health and disease. This provides an opportunity to reduce the intergenerational transmission of depression and other mental health problems. To explore this topic, we have invited Dr Jonathan Evans, a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Consultant Senior Lecturer at Bristol Medical School. The event will take place on zoom and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. To hear more about Dr Evans and his work, see below: Jonathan Evans trained in medicine in Birmingham and then after a brief spell studying altitude sickness, trained in psychiatry in West London. He moved to Bristol in 1992 and is a senior lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Bristol and works as a consultant psychiatrist in South Bristol. His research has come to focus on parental depression and child development. He first became involved with a large cohort study, the children of the nineties, about 20 years ago working with the then Director Professor Jean Golding. He directs a perinatal mental health integration team aimed at improving perinatal mental health services.