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Depression After Miscarriage May Last for Years

By March 8, 2011

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According to researchers, some women may experience depression for years after having a miscarriage.

Lead researcher Emma Robertson Blackmore, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and her colleagues  studied 13, 133 pregnant women in Britain taking part in a long-term study call the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.

The women were asked about miscarriages and stillbirths and they were assessed for symptoms of depression and anxiety twice during their pregnancies and four times after giving birth.   It was found that 21% reported one or more miscarriages, while 108 reported one stillbirth.  Three of the women reported having had two still births.

"We found no evidence that affective symptoms associated with previous prenatal loss resolve with the birth of a healthy child," said Blackmore  "Rather, previous prenatal loss showed a persisting prediction of depressive and anxiety symptoms well after what would conventionally be defined as the postnatal period."

The study also found that, of the women with one prior miscarriage or stillbirth, almost 13% still had symptoms of depression 33 months after the birth of their healthy child.  Of those with two previous pregnancy losses, almost 19% had symptoms of depression 33 months after giving birth.

The study appears in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

March 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm
(1) Ann says:

I am a 39 years old woman, had a stillbirth in 2009 at 26 weeks. Since then I have been diagnosed with Dysthymia and Anxiety. I cannot bring myself to read anything about babies, let along news like pregnancies and miscarriages. I cried excessively thinking about how much my unborn baby has suffered and blamed myself for everything I could have done. The reality is, the doctors have said that I did nothing wrong (I am a non smoker and non drinker) and the truth is, they will never know what had really happened. It feels like a blackhole in my head, no way out. Guilt’s consuming me slowly. There were sunny days but most of the time, I wished I never wake up. I have excellent private psychiatric help and I am feeling better, for now. I still cry at the drop of a hat and knowing that I will never forget and forgive myself for the rest of my life.

March 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm
(2) Moshe Sharon says:

When we hear about “depression” we associate this word with mental illness. However, contrary to what the drug peddling psychiatrists say about it, depression is not an illness; it’s a human condition. It’s the opposite of joy, so it is part of an emotional spectrum with extremes at both ends. Morever, when we look at the buzz words dealing with depression in the realm of popular psychology such as, “self esteem”, “self worth”, “self image”, “self love”, “self Loathing”, etc., we can get that this entire area of study is about ego-centrism. There is no room in this private domain for anyone else. Moreover, the way our society deals with this subject as a whole even encourages narcissism. Therefore, barring any chemical or hormonal imbalances which doctors can correct, the person suffering from chronic bouts of depression needs to focus on the needs of others. The best therapy is a program that encourages people to be more altruistic and less self-centered.

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