The control infants succeeded in discriminating vowel sounds at six months but not at 10 months, as expected. But babies exposed to SSRIs in the womb could not distinguish the sounds at either age. Those born to depressed but untreated mothers succeeded at 10 months instead of six months. "What is unknown at this time, and of key clinical importance, is whether these small perturbations in critical period timing of core perceptual components of language acquisition have a lasting impact,” wrote the authors online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science Early Edition.
To read more about SSRIs and pregnancy, see Psychiatric News here and the American Journal of Psychiatry here.
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