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Monday, April 4, 2005

Psych Central takes note of a study that ties loss of a child to mental ills.

The death of a child not only alters a family forever but also sharply increases the risk that parents will later be hospitalized for a mental illness, researchers are reporting in the largest study to date of parent bereavement and mental health.

The overall rate of psychiatric hospitalization among bereaved parents in the study was less than 3 percent over five years, but, experts noted, doctors do not usually admit patients for mental illness unless their condition is urgent.
In 2003, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reviewed the medical records of 56,741 California Medicaid recipients. This review of medical records revealed that women who aborted were 160 percent more likely than delivering women to be hospitalized for psychiatric treatment in the first 90 days following abortion or delivery. Rates of psychiatric treatment remained significantly higher for at least four years.

Presumably, as with parents who lose their children through non-abortion-related deaths, at least some of the post-abortive mothers who weren't admitted to a psychiatric hospital were suffering, but not at an urgent level. "Urgent" in the case of psychiatric hospitalization usually means actively suicidal or actively psychotic.

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