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August 09, 2004
Schizophrenia Risks During Pregnancy
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Obstetricians in France have identified four complications during pregnancy that may be linked to the development of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia:
1) hormone supplementation by diethylstilbestrol
Through analysis of numerous psychiatric studies in literature, obstetricians have determined that the risk of schizophrenia is doubled if the pregnancy involves complications such as the ones listed above. Other complications include maternal diabetes, rhesus incompatibility, bleeding, preeclampsia, premature rupture of the membranes, and premature birth. They noted that the appearance of psychosis in children who had complicated births seems to be earlier in adolescence or in early adulthood.
Scientists presented a two-factor model, suggesting that prenatal or delivery complications that result in a lack of adequate oxygen for the fetus (hypoxic events) could exacerbate a genetic predisposition. Thus, the same prenatal complication that causes cerebral palsy in one child might cause psychosis in another.
The research is published in the European Journal of Obstetrics Gynecology and Reproductive Biology ("Obstetrical complications and subsequent schizophrenia in adolescent and young adult offspring: is there a relationship?" Eur J Obstet Gyn Reprod Biol, 2004:114:2:130-136).
For more information on how pregnancy complications increase the risk for certain psychiatric disorders, and what you can do to reduce your own and your child's risk, see Preventing Schizophrenia via Actions Taken During Pregnancy (http://www.schizophrenia.com/prevent3.htm).
Article: "Study suggests link between obstetrical complications and psychiatric
Posted by Julia at August 9, 2004 05:37 PM
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