Highly stressed, depressed moms are more at risk for negative overreactions. A new study from the journal Development and Psychopathology found that the more depressed a mother is, the more likely it is that she’ll respond in an angry manner to stressful situations, USA Today reported .
“Mothers with higher levels of depressive symptoms were more reactive, the ones in poverty were more likely to be less reactive,” said Melissa Sturge-Apple, study author and University of Rochester professor.
A Wake Forest University sociologist who published a similar study last year told USA Today that the depressed mothers are “already in a funk, so they’re going to be more reactive. At the same time, greater reactivity to parental stress may be why they’re depressed.”