Assessment of anxiety disorders and related factors at the third trimester of pregnancy
Objective: To investigate anxiety disorders and related factors in the third trimester of pregnancy.
Methods: Between March-September 2007, 107 women in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, referred to the outpatient clinics of Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of the Ankara Training and Research Hospital, Ministry of Health, were included in the study. A questionnaire was used to determine demographic characteristics and obstetric histories and the Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders (PRIME-MD) questionnaire was used to evaluate psychiatric disorders.
Results: Out of 107 women, 50.5% had one or more psychiatric diagnosis with assessment with PRIME-MD. 28% of the women had both anxiety and depression. Out of 43 women who had anxiety disorder; 31.8% had anxiety disorder not otherwise specified, 4.7% had generalized anxiety disorder and 3.7% had panic disorder. Anxiety disorder rate was high in women who had monthly income lower than 1.000 YTL and history for abortion.
Conclusions: Complications such as preterm delivery and low birth weight would be precluded by detecting and treating anxiety in pregnant women by PRIME-MD.