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Düşünen Adam. 2014; 27(1): 21-26

Sociodemographic characteristics and clinical follow-up results of pregnant patients hospitalized for psychiatric disorders

Feridun Bülbül, Ümit Sertan Çöpoğlu, Bahadır Demir, Mahmut Bulut, Gökay Alpak, Ahmet Ünal, Haluk Savaş.

Objective: Important psychosocial changes occur in pregnancy. During pregnancy exacerbation of existing psychiatric symptoms may be seen or psychiatric symptomsmay be experienced for the first time. In this study, clinical and sociodemographic data of pregnant patients, who were hospitalized in our clinic, their follow-up results and potential effects of psychiatric disorders on newborns and course of pregnancy were investigated.
Method: Clinical and sociodemographic data of 68 pregnant women, who were treated as in-patient for psychiatric disorders were analyzed retrospectively.
Results: Most of the psychiatric disorders were found to occur at 2nd trimester. While 23.5% of the patients (n=16) had a diagnosis of psychiatric disorder for the first time during their pregnancy, 76.5% of them (n=52) had already a psychiatric disorder prior to pregnancy. Preterm birth was not observed in any of the 47 patients, who had available information. Based on birth information gathered from 52 infants; there were no disease detected in 50 of them whereas congenital hip dislocation in one of them and temporary heart problem were detected in another.
Conclusion: Preterm birth was not associated with psychiatric treatment during pregnancy. Most of the psychiatric disorders were seen at 2nd trimester. Therefore follow-ups of pregnant patients should be held more carefully at 2nd trimester. And those who had a previous psychiatric treatment history should be monitored in terms of psychiatric disorders carefully during pregnancy.

Key words: Pregnancy, psychiatric disorders, follow-up, courses of treatment

Article Language: Turkish English

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