Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that women with the dissociative subtype of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a complex form associated with a history of childhood maltreatment, may have toxic levels of cortisol that contribute to health problems in the next generation.
The objective of the research was to test the hypothesis that women with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have greater cortisol levels across the diurnal curve and throughout gestation, birth and the postpartum period than women who do not have PTSD.
Participants included women expecting their first child who fell into one of four groups: those without trauma, those with a trauma but no PTSD, those with classic PTSD and those with dissociative PTSD.
The study, ‘Gestational and postnatal cortisol profiles of women with posttraumatic stress disorder and the dissociative subtype’ appears in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing (available online 22 November 2017).
Links to the abstract and further details can be found here found here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0884217517304410
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