Tag Archives: Psychiatric

New Research from the CWMH: Impact of Obesity on Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Psychiatric Illness

Individuals with psychiatric disorders are at higher risk for obesity than the general population, as well as for medical comorbidity, such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular disease.  Because obesity is associated with an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, we examined the effect of obesity on neonatal and maternal outcomes in a group of… Read More »

After Stillbirth Women Are at Increased Risk for Significant Psychiatric Illness

In the United States, about one out of every 160 pregnancies ends in stillbirth, defined as a pregnancy loss occurring after 20 weeks’ gestation.  Perinatal loss is a traumatic event for women and their families. While we clearly understand the potential for perinatal loss to cause significant emotional consequences, we have relatively little data on… Read More »

Jerusalem syndrome: Spiritual experience or psychiatric condition?

Jerusalem Syndrome: Spiritual experience or psychiatric condition? Medical Mysteries and Marvels: Tourists visiting the city of Jerusalem are experiencing a strange condition that psychiatrists have dubbed ‘Jerusalem syndrome.’ The idea is that the city somehow triggers a reaction where the tourists begin thinking of themselves as historical, religious characters. But health professionals don’t view these… Read More »

Massachusetts Maternal Mortality Rates Rising: Opioid Abuse and Psychiatric Illness Play a Role

Pregnancy-associated mortality, defined as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of the termination of pregnancy, is increasing in Massachusetts.  In 2012, there were 30.4 deaths/100,000 live births. In 2014, the rate increased by 33%, to 40.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. Because pregnancy-associated mortality rates have historically been relatively low… Read More »