04 January 2019

4th January 2018 - Pregnancy and Mental Health


On 4th January 2018 A new King's College London study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that 1 in 4 pregnant women could have mental health problems.

Using a diagnostic gold standard interview across 545 pregnant women, they found the following occurrence:
11% depression
15% anxiety
2% eating disorders
2% OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder
1% PTSD
less commonly, bipolar disorder and other disorders.

Given that the outcome for mother and child and family as a whole is important, diagnosing any problem early was thought important. It was further found that two simple questions, asked by midwifes, could help identify these problems early.

The news story was carried by The Independent and various other newspapers found thanks to Google News.

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