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Parents of Twins More Likely To Suffer Mental Illness

Parents of twins are more likely to have mental health issues than those who have single born children, according to a recent report.

Finnish researchers tracked parents of about 100 twins and more than 700 single born babies and found the parents of twins had more depression, anxiety and other problems than parents of single born babies. Dr. Laurence Shaw, who worked on the study, didn't seem surprised by the results. He said:

"It's stressful to have a baby, and even more stressful to have more babies...The message is not that parents of twins are nutters.

Shaw added that with the increase of twin births due to artificial reproduction techniques (such as In Vitro Fertilization) he thinks doctors and parents need to be more conscious of the costs of having twins. Sounds like the doc should call Jon and Kate Plus 8 — they know a thing or two about trying to stay sane while raising multiples!


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