Holy Hormones Journal: – Pretty compelling picture right? What do you think this artist had in mind – women bringing children into a world that is not our reality – that is crumbling around us?
That is one thought – and certainly in some parts of the world this is applicable.
However, chances are this is not the entire story – even though data and stats show that women are more abused during pregnancy than any other time of their life.
But in my humble hormone opinion – that is still not the issue.
Hormonal birth control – that is the issue. Recent studies have show that birth control leads to depression, anxiety and thins the frontal lobe of the brain. Think about it – what good can come from synthetic hormones suppression vital functions of the brain?
I can’t think of one.
Add to that the lack of vital nutrients women are receiving in their diets – the increase of toxins we are exposed to.
We are looking at severe outcomes for the largest uncontrolled medical experiment in the world. And yes, our mental health will affect the health of our children.
Cambridge Core Blog
5 January 2018
Last update: 26/02/18 14:13
1 in 4 Women Have Mental Health Problems
A new King’s College London study published in The British Journal of Psychiatry, found that 1 in 4 pregnant women have mental health problems. This is more common than previously thought – but two simple questions can help identify these problems so that women can be treated.
It is the first UK study to examine the prevalence of mental health problems or mental disorders when seen by a midwife for pregnancy care.
They found that when interviewed with a diagnostic gold standard interview, 1 in 4 women had a mental illness – not only depression (found in 11%) and anxiety (found in 15%), but also eating disorders (2%), obsessive-compulsive disorder (2%), PTSD in just under 1% and less commonly, bipolar disorder and other disorders.
It is already known that mental illness during pregnancy is associated with adverse outcomes for women, the pregnancy itself, and for the child from birth through to adolescence. It is therefore vital that these disorders are diagnosed as early as possible. The researchers sought to establish the best way of identifying problems.
The NIHR funded study went on to evaluate how well a two question screen (known as the Whooley questions) which is asked by midwives, identified these disorders and compared with a 10 item self -complete questionnaire known as the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), used in many countries internationally, and compared both methods with a gold standard diagnostic Interview. The researchers recruited 545 pregnant women, over the age of 16, attending their antenatal booking appointment at an inner city maternity service in South-east London between November 2014 and June 2016.
They found that the two-questions asked by midwives performed similarly well in identifying whether a woman had “any disorder” compared with the 10 question self-complete EPDS measure. There was also evidence that identification of depression was more difficult to identify in older women than younger women.
Louise Howard, Professor of Women’s Mental Health, Section of Women’s Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London, report author, said ‘In clinical practice, maternity professionals need to identify whether or not a woman has any mental disorder, not only mood disorders which until recently have been the main focus of concern. It is therefore encouraging that, in this study, there was little difference in diagnostic accuracy between the commonly used tools – the Whooley questions and the EPDS – in identifying a mental disorder.’