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Miscarriage may raise OCD risk. (Hormonal Changes Faulted).

Miscarriage is a significant risk factor for initial or recurrent episodes of obsessive-compulsive disorder, said Pamela A. Geller, Ph.D., of Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, Philadelphia, and her associates.

The risk of developing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was greater during the 6 months following their loss among 229 women who miscarried, compared with a cohort of 230 women from the community (J. Clin. Psychiatry 62[6]:432-38, 2001). The incidence of OCD in the miscarrying women was 3.5 per 100 participants, versus 0.4 per 100 in the community women. Eight miscarrying women with OCD were recurrent cases, and the investigators theorized that pregnancy-related hormone changes might be involved in the onset or recurrence of OCD.
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Author:Splete, Heidi
Publication:OB GYN News
Date:Nov 1, 2001
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