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Baby blues

Having a baby can wear you down. Depression is fairly common among parents of children younger than 12, with the risk being greatest in their children’s first year of life, a new study of 87,000 UK couples whose were tracked for 12 years.

health and fitness Updated: Sep 19, 2010 00:09 IST

Baby blues

Having a baby can wear you down. Depression is fairly common among parents of children younger than 12, with the risk being greatest in their children’s first year of life, a new study of 87,000 UK couples whose were tracked for 12 years.

Apart from new mothers, the study also found that new fathers also faced a higher-than-normal depression risk as well. Over that time, 39 per cent mothers and 21 per cent fathers had at least one bout of clinical depression and had been prescribed antidepressants. For both parents, the risk was highest during the first year of their child's life.

Apart from the role of hormonal changes, psychosocial factors — like stress, work demands, feeling a lack of support and adjusting to changes in lifestyle and relationships — are key in women’s risk of developing postpartum depression.


Older but lazier

Ten-year-olds spend more time sitting on their rears and less time running around than they did at age nine, according to a new British study.

In one year, kids were found to cut down on their physical activity during weekends, on average about 75 minutes in boys and nearly half an hour in girls, showed a study in the journal Pediatrics. Girls, kids of wealthier parents and those with more body fat showed larger decreases in physical activity. Earlier studies have generally found a decline in physical activity as children age, leading to weight gain. The study — done by the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge — is the first to test physical activity in kids using accelerometers to record daily activity over two weeks, each spaced one year apart.

Feeling groovy

People with higher levels of emotional intelligence (EI) are more dedicated and satisfied at work than people who are emotional wrecks.

People with high EIs are less likely to be aggressive at the workplace, are more satisfied with their jobs and more committed to the organisation, reported a study from Israel.