Symptomatology of affective and psychotic llnesses related to childbearing

Katherine L. Wisner*, Kathleen Peindl, Barbara H. Hanusa

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Symptom patterns in women with childbearing-related onset illnesses (CBROI) and non-childbearing-related onset illnesses (NCBROI) were compared. Women with diagnoses of Affective Disorders and Psychoses (n = 762) were divided into four groups: CBROI with psychosis, CBROI with non-psychotic affective illnesses, NCBROI with psychosis, and NCBROI with non-psychotic affective illness. Principal components analysis of 64 symptoms revealed 9 factors. The most dramatic result was the high score for psychotic women with CBROI on the factor cognitive disorganization/psychosis. Psychotic women with CBROI also reported homicidal ideation more frequently. Symptoms of non-psychotic women with CBROI and NCBROI did not differ.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-87
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1994


  • Cognitive disorganization
  • Postpartum depression
  • Postpartum psychosis
  • Psychiatric symptomatogy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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