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J Affect Disord. 1994 Feb;30(2):77-87.

Symptomatology of affective and psychotic illnesses related to childbearing.

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Pregnancy and Infant/Parent Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.


Symptom patterns in women with childbearing-related onset illnesses (CBROI) and nonchildbearing-related onset illnesses (NCBROI) were compared. Women with diagnoses of Affective Disorders and Psychoses (n = 762) were divided into four groups: CBROI with psychosis, CBROI with non-psychotic affective illnesses, NCBROI with psychosis, and NCBROI with non-psychotic affective illness. Principal components analysis of 64 symptoms revealed 9 factors. The most dramatic result was the high score for psychotic women with CBROI on the factor cognitive disorganization/psychosis. Psychotic women with CBROI also reported homicidal ideation more frequently. Symptoms of non-psychotic women with CBROI and NCBROI did not differ.

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