When women are most vulnerable

Kendall, R.E., et al. Epidemiology of puerperal psychosis. British Journal of Psychiatry, 1987. 150, p. 662- 673.

Above is an unusually impressive graph from a 1987 study demonstrating that psychiatric hospital admissions increase 7 fold for women in the first 3 months after childbirth.  Notably  approximately 80% of these admissions are for affective disturbances (changes in mood). Even with that big “blip” you can see that hospital admissions remain higher throughout the first 2 years.   These results were again replicated in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) in 2006.

One Response to “When women are most vulnerable”

  1. Jono39 says:

    I am struck by two things: the very high number of male admissions which suggests it is not simply PPD, and I do not mean simple by saying simply, and the reference there is no elevation in Denmark. Are there numbers for other countries?

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