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Volume 14, suplement 1

Case report

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a consequence of a particularly traumatic childbirth

ALEKSANDRA ŚCIEPURO1, ALINA WILKOWSKA1, Jerzy Landowski1
1. Kliniki Chorób Psychicznych i Zaburzeń Nerwicowych Akademii Medycznej w Gdańsku
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2005; 14 (supl. 1/20): 3-106
Keywords: traumatic childbirth, dissociation, post-traumatic stress disorder

Abstract

Objective. A case of PTSD following a particularly traumatic childbirth is reported.

Case. A 22-year-old woman after a childbirth that ended in death of the baby. A specific pathogenic chain is described - from the period ofpregnancy, through childbirth associated with the mother 's acute stress reaction with dissociation features, up to the onset of PTSD symptoms.

Commentary. In addition to the severe psychological trauma, the patient's personality traits, as well as environmental, above all - familial factors played a significant role in the PTSD pathogenesis.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Aleksandra Ściepuro, Klinika Chorób Psychicznych i Zaburzeń Nerwicowych Akademii Medycznej,
ul. Dębinki 7, paw. 25, 80-952 Gdańsk