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Pregnancy Complicates PTSD, Depression In Female Veterans

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Women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan face a higher risk of mental illness during pregnancy. A study of 43,000 vets showed hormonal and physiological changes associated with pregnancy may bring out or worsen conditions like PTSD or depression.


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I really dislike when generalizations are made about PTSD. I am a PTSD sufferer, and pregnancy actually helped me. The psychiatric community knows so little about treating this condition compared to others because it is so nuanced and affects people so differently. A one-size-fits-all approach helps no one, nor does making generalizations like this one.