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Charity calls for earlier PTSD diagnosis following miscarriages

by Alex Collett

A new study has revealed that each year tens of thousands of women in the UK may be experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a miscarriage. 

The study, from Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research at Imperial College London, says most women are receive little or no psychological support or treatment.

Lead researcher Prof Tom Bourne estimates the number of women affected could run to 45,000 annually.

Clark Coates the CEO of Mariposa Trust, which runs a charity called Saying Goodbye, told Premier there needs to be more awareness of the issue: "As a charity, Saying Goodbye, supports over 50,000 people a week through the tragedy of baby loss.

"We see many, many people each day who are suffering with PTSD and, sadly, it's often not acknowledged and not actually down on people's medical notes, because the follow up isn't 
offered to anybody who goes through miscarriage, which is really horrendous.

"This just shows the poor level of care that we offer people who are going through this here in the UK, the fact that no follow up support is given at all. 

"So many people won't see a GP or consultant or any other health professional who can even be in a position to give them a diagnosis and that's why it's really important that individuals and family members and friends are aware that this is super common, so they can look out for their loved ones who may be going through this."

Zoe said, moving forward, she would like to see women being supported more affectively - both in hospital settings and in their homes - by their GPs following the loss of a child. 

She would like to see GPs work towards early diagnosis for those living with PTSD, resulting in faster treatment and less long-term effects. 

Zoe said: "Symptoms that identify with PTSD, illness can be identified, but also other mental health issues and other support that may be needed, just because somebody feels locked away in grief. 
"We need to be offering the support because people who are struggling often don't even know that there is help there that they could access."

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