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Br J Psychiatry. 1989 Dec;155:810-3.

The psychiatric consequences of spontaneous abortion.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham.


Sixty-seven women were interviewed four weeks after spontaneous abortion. As determined by the Present State Examination, 32 of these women were psychiatric cases. This rate is four times higher than in the general population of women. In each case the diagnosis was depressive disorder, a finding confirmed by scores on three depression rating scales. Many women showed typical features of grief. Depressive symptoms were significantly associated with a history of previous spontaneous abortion, and less so with childlessness.

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