Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: Prenatal Depression Alters Child’s Brain Connectivity and Affects Behavior

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This shows brain scans from the studyPostnatal depression can have a significant influence on a child's brain development and behavior. Greater symptoms of PND were associated with weaker white matter connections between areas of the brain involved in emotional processing. The weakened white matter connectivity was linked to increased aggression and hyperactivity in male children. The change could lead to dysregulated emotional states in children and explain why children whose mothers experienced PND are more prone to developing depression later in life.