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J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2014 Oct;5(5):339-50. doi: 10.1017/S2040174414000324. Epub 2014 Jun 19.

Prenatal risk factors for depression: a critical review of the evidence and potential mechanisms.

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1Department of Psychiatry,University of Oxford,Warneford Hospital,Oxford,UK.
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2Academic Unit of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry,Imperial College,St Mary's Campus,London,UK.

Abstract

Exposure to adverse experiences in early life increases the risk of depression during adulthood. Recent findings have highlighted that exposure of a fetus to an adverse intrauterine environment may also have implications for later offspring depression. This review considers the status of the evidence for these associations and the potential mechanisms underlying prenatal developmental risks for later depression, addressing the challenging possibility that environmental predisposition to depression may begin before birth.

PMID:
25081923
DOI:
10.1017/S2040174414000324
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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