Psychiatric episodes in women with young children.


Journal Article

An historical cohort study was performed. Subjects were 118 pregnant women or mothers of children of < 3 years who were assessed at presentation to a psychiatric hospital and 5 years later. The relationship of episode onset to childbearing (during pregnancy or within 3 months of birth) was derived from psychiatric records at presentation and retrospectively determined by interview and life-event charting at follow-up. Determining childbearing status from records yielded an error rate of 30% compared with the status derived from direct interview. A change in diagnosis in the ChildBearing-Related Onset Illness (CBROI) category occurred in 50% of subjects. When Research Diagnostic Criteria were applied retrospectively to the presenting episodes, 95% of women with CBROI had affective disorder diagnoses. Clinicians in our intake setting often missed episodes of mania or hypomania in our subjects' histories.

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Cited Authors

  • Wisner, KL; Peindl, KS; Hanusa, BH

Published Date

  • April 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 11

PubMed ID

  • 7622734

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7622734

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2517

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0165-0327

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0165-0327(94)00097-s


  • eng