Having either parent suffer from depression may increase the likelihood that a toddler will develop troubling behaviors such as hitting, lying, anxiety, and sadness, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

The study is one of the first to show that a father’s depression — from postpartum to toddlerhood — can have the same effect as a mother’s depression. Prior research has focused mostly on mothers with postpartum depression and found that their symptoms may impact their children’s behavior during a time of critical development.

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