Miscarriages Trigger Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Can a Miscarriage Trigger Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health problem that affects approximately 7.7 million Americans every year. PTSD occurs when someone suffers or witnesses a disaster, serious accident, warfare, assault, rape, life-threatening events or the sudden death of a loved one.

PTSD most commonly touches members of the military, but can also affect women and children. In fact, women are twice as likely to develop PTSD than men.

Can miscarriage cause PTSD in women?

Miscarriages happen for many different reasons, and if you have had one – you aren’t alone. About 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. end in miscarriage. According to a recent study published in the journal BMJ Open, women may be at risk of developing PTSD following a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

Researchers found that one in four women who recently experienced a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy suffered symptoms of PTSD. Among the female subjects, 45 percent reported PTSD symptoms three months after the event.

Women in the study also reported that their PTSD symptoms adversely affected their relationships both at work and home.  

 Symptoms of PTSD

Oftentimes, PTSD symptoms will not show for some time after experiencing a traumatic event. If you are a new mother or plan to become one soon, familiarize yourself with these five most common symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder:

  • A feeling of numbness emotionally. Dissociative reactions to people, places and/or memories.
  • Intense or prolonged psychological distress at thoughts of the event or in places that trigger memories of it.
  • Inability to remember aspects of the traumatic event.
  • Persistent fear, anger, guilt, or shame at thoughts of the event.
  • Loss of normal mental functions. PTSD sufferers may struggle to concentrate, focus on a task they enjoy, get to sleep, or control their anger.

Miscarriage can be very difficult on expecting mothers and their families, and the emotional impact of this type of pregnancy loss may trigger physiological PTSD symptoms. Most people with PTSD are able to adjust, and with enough self-care and time, many PTSD sufferers get better. However, getting the right treatment after a miscarriage is critical in reducing troubling PTSD symptoms before they worsen.  

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