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Psychopathology. 1999 Sep-Oct;32(5):277-80.

Delusion of infestation with post-partum onset: case report.

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Department of Psychiatry, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of Birmingham, UK.

Abstract

Compared with men, women have a greater lifetime risk of delusions of infestation, with the risk appearing to increase around the menopause, when the blood levels of reproductive hormones are decreasing. Women also have a greater lifetime risk of depression and an increased incidence of depressive symptoms post partum, when the blood levels of these hormones are decreasing as well. The first case of a delusion of infestation with post-partum onset is described, and possible associations with reproductive function in women are discussed.

PMID:
10494067
DOI:
10.1159/000029100
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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