Sunday, 15 June 2014

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Increases Risk of Preterm Birth

Pregnant Sabine Heinrich (36) in bearing-down pains is surrounded by husband Philipp Beck (L) and midwife Gisela Woerz in a delivery room of hospital in Fuerstenfeldbruck, southern Germany, January 12, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS )
Mental health issues can increase the risk of certain medical health problems. A recent study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, shows that posttraumatic stress disorder and major depression may significantly increase the risk of preterm birth.
Results revealed that 4.9 percent of the participants showed that symptoms consisted with PTSD. Futhermore, this risk increased by 1 to 12 percent with each one-point increase of PTSD symptoms.
Those with both PTSD and major depressive episodes were at the highest risk for delivering preterm. In fact, findings showed that this risk quadrupled. Certain serotonin reuptake inhibitors and benzodiazepine medications were also more likely to cause delivery preterm.
"The risk appears independent of antidepressant or benzodiazepine use and is not simply a function of mood or anxiety symptoms. Further exploration of the biological and genetic factors will help risk-stratify patients and illuminate the pathways leading to this risk."

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