Suicidal ideation in pregnancy: Assessment and clinical implications

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Archives of Women s Mental Health (Impact Factor: 2.16). 02/2007; 10(5):181-7. DOI: 10.1007/s00737-007-0192-x
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The objectives of this study were 1) to determine the prevalence of suicidal ideation (SI) in pregnant women with a history of neuropsychiatric illness, 2) to assess the relative sensitivity of commonly used depression rating scales for detecting SI, and 3) to examine the sociodemographic and clinical predictors of SI in pregnant women. Demographic data, Beck Depression Inventory [BDI] and Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression [HRSD] questionnaires, and SCID interviews were obtained from 383 pregnant women presenting to the Emory Women's Mental Health Program or the Emory Women's Epilepsy Program. Among those who completed both scales, 29.2% endorsed SI on the BDI and 16.9% on the HRSD, with 33.0% endorsing SI on at least one of the rating scales and 13.1% on both rating scales. The rate of SI endorsement on the BDI was 73.3% higher than the HRSD. Multivariate logistic regression demonstrated that SI in pregnant women was associated with unplanned pregnancy (OR = 2.97), current major depression (OR = 4.12), and comorbid anxiety disorder (OR = 4.17). Further studies are warranted to identify additional predictors of perinatal suicidality and to clarify the nature of the association between such factors and the presence of SI in pregnant women.

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    • "), the Patient Health Questionnaire – PHQ (Gavin et al., 2011), the Beck Depression Inventory – BDI (Newport et al., 2007), or the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression —HRSD (Newport et al., 2007). An additional strength was the inclusion in the analysis of several variables that are known to be associated with CSR. "
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    • "However, these estimates have been based on small psychiatric or drugdependent treatment high-risk samples (Birndorf et al., 2001; Copersino et al., 2008; Copersino et al., 2005; Newport et al., 2007). In a recent U.S. study of a community-based sample of pregnant women, the 14-day prevalence of antenatal suicidal ideation was 2.7% (Gavin et al., 2011), which was similar to the 12-month prevalence of suicidal ideation among the general population (Kessler et al., 2005). "
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