Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NIH Encourages Depressed Moms to Seek Treatment for Themselves


Hi Everyone, I hope you are doing well. I am doing good. I thought this was an important update from NAMI. When my mother first got sick, nobody knew what to think of the signs. Fortunately today there is more of an awareness. I still feel that women especially mom's and wives may still fear to talk out about their depression. They probably feel they are failing their families and themselves somehow. If you or someone you know suddenly changes their behavior and you sense something is wrong, talk to them. They may be waiting for you to reach out. You can always contact your local mental health center for assistance on how to approach the situation and find out what supports are in place in your community . Thanks for visiting my blog. Take Care, Janet :)

Science Update
November 13, 2009
NIH Encourages Depressed Moms to Seek Treatment for Themselves

Numerous studies have suggested that depression runs in families. Children of depressed parents are 2–3 times as likely to develop depression as compared to children who do not have a family history of the disorder. Other studies have shown that remission of depression in mothers is associated with improvements in psychiatric symptoms in their children. Despite all signs encouraging mothers to prioritize their own mental health, many suffer from untreated depression while managing treatment for their children's emotional or behavioral problems.

An NIH Challenge grant was awarded on behalf of NIMH to Judy Garber, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University, to develop and test a method encouraging depressed mothers to follow treatment recommendations. For this study, Garber is recruiting 200 mothers of children receiving psychiatric treatment at a community mental health center.

All study participants will receive a referral for treatment and an information pamphlet describing the symptoms of depression and anxiety, possible effects of depression on children, and different types of treatments. Randomly assigned participants will also receive a brief, one-session Enhanced Motivation Intervention (EMI). EMI uses special interviewing techniques to identify and resolve a person's concerns about and practical barriers to treatment.

The researchers anticipate that EMI will result in more participants getting treatment for mental disorders compared with the control group. If successful, such interventions would not only benefit the depressed individual, but may improve the well-being of her children as well.

The NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research program is a new initiative funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). This program supports research on 15 broad Challenge Areas that address specific scientific and health research challenges in biomedical and behavioral research that will benefit from an influx of significant two-year funds to quickly advance the area.

Within these Challenge Areas, NIMH identified 35 topics of particular funding interest that advance the Institute's mission and the objectives outlined in the NIMH Strategic Plan, the Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research, and the National Advisory Mental Health Council report on research training. These topics can be found at NIMH's Challenge Grant web page.


  1. I think this is such a valid point to make. I know I tend to withdraw to a quiet place, gather my thoughts, and seek answers. Not everyone can do that. Some need help. I just found out about a 31 yr old girl, that I met at my sister in law's wedding last month committed suicide. We chatted a little bit, and we had the connection. She had an OM tattoo on her ankle..seeking peace. So sad. People need to get help, and help others.

  2. Thanks Kimmy, so sad to hear your friend did not have the strength or resources for what she needed. May she now have peace along with love and light. I also do like you at times, we are lucky we know how to surface again :)
    Love and Light to you my special friend
    Janet :)