A Study Published In The British Journal Of Psychiatry Found That The Anxiety And Depression That Women Can Experience Following A Miscarriage Can Last For Years.
A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that the anxiety and depression that women can experience following a miscarriage can last for years
A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that the anxiety and depression that women can experience following a miscarriage can last for years. The study of over 13,000 women who were enrolled in Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children also found that the depression and anxiety following miscarriage can last for up to three years following the birth of a healthy baby. This study is significant because there seems to be a common misconception that once a woman who has miscarried gives birth to a healthy baby, she doesn't have any lingering feelings of depression or anxiety.
Professor Jean Golding, from the University of Bristol, one of the researchers whose findings are reported in the British Journal of Psychiatry, said: "This study is important to the families of women who have lost a baby, since it is so often assumed that they get over the event quickly, yet as shown here, many do not. This has implications for the medical profession as well as the woman and her family." (Source)Additionally, maternal depression affects more than just the woman experiencing it. It can impact her family as well. By acknowledging and learning more about depression following a miscarriage, doctors and health professionals can offer support and services to more women. Because miscarriage is fairly common - approximately one in five pregnancies results in a miscarriage -- many women can benefit from support. Read more about the research in this BBC news article.