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Lower risk of suicide during pregnancy
Am J Psychiatry 1997;154:122-123.
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OBJECTIVE: The authors determined the risk of suicide during pregnancy. METHOD: The autopsy reports of all female residents of New York City, 10-44 years old, who committed suicide from 1990 to 1993 were assessed for pregnancy. These data were compared with age-adjusted and race- adjusted standardized mortality ratios for women, which were calculated by using population data from the 1990 U.S. Census as well as data obtained from the New York City Health Department on the number of live births, spontaneous abortions, and induced abortions. RESULTS: The standardized mortality ratio for suicide during pregnancy was 0.33; that is, the number of suicides of pregnant women was only one-third of that expected. CONCLUSIONS: Despite the mood swings and stresses associated with pregnancy and impending childbirth, pregnant women have a significantly lower risk of suicide than women of childbearing age who are not pregnant.

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