Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Borderline personality disorder and womb twin survivors

It looks  to me as if a smal proportion of womb twin survivors show signs of what has been called "Borderline personality disorder" - here is why.

When a twin or multiple pregnancy results in the birth of only one baby, which happens in about 15% of all pregnancies, opinions vary as to whether there is likely to be any effect at all on the womb twin survivor - ie the sole surviving child of that pregnancy.  In recent years, studies have clearly shown an increased incidence of physical health problems among womb twin survivors. The various signs that a twin fetus has died before birth include obstetric complications such as vaginal bleeding in the first trimester. Studies have also shown a connection between some obstetric complications and mental health problems such as schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder.  A seven-year study of womb twin survivors reveals a characteristic syndrome of psychological symptoms that closely resemble those in some well-known personality disorders.  There is a risk of harmful misdiagnosis which can be avoided if mental health professionals consider this possibility during their initial assessment of patients. 

Read the whole article 
on the womb twin survivors web site

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