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Am J Psychiatry. 2006 May;163(5):881-4.

Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in a community sample of low-income pregnant women.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Yale University, 142 Temple St., Suite 301, New Haven, CT 06510, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to examine symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a community sample of low-income pregnant women who met the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for the disorder.

METHOD:

Pregnant women (N=948) were screened for trauma, PTSD, depression, and co-occurring illicit substance use. PTSD symptoms were compared in traumatized pregnant women and a sample of nonpregnant traumatized women from the National Comorbidity Survey.

RESULTS:

Suicidal thoughts and a high degree of psychiatric comorbidity were common in pregnant women with PTSD. Pregnant women were selectively and significantly less likely to endorse reexperiencing symptoms of PTSD (29.5%, N=82), compared to nonpregnant women (79.4%, N=464).

CONCLUSIONS:

PTSD in pregnancy was associated with comorbidity, poor health behaviors, and lower recall of memory-related PTSD symptoms. Further prospective study is needed.

PMID:
16648330
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