"Depression runs in families." Above all, the goal of this
book is to come to some conclusions about the meaning of
that simple assertion, which has a far from simple ex-
planation of meaning. This book is designed to address some
of the gaps in previous research on depressive disorders in
the family context: the sheer numbers of people with
affective disorders marks them as our most common
The research presented in this monograph investigates how a woman suffering from depression affects her children, and more specifically, if the child is also at risk to develop depression or another psychopathological state.