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Women who become stressed during pregnancy are at greater risk of having children with personality disorder, research suggests.
Children whose mothers experience severe stress while pregnant are at 10 times the risk of developing the behavioural problem by the age of 30 than others.
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And those who feel moderate stress are at four times the risk.
The research, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, is the first to provide evidence of an association between prenatal stress and personality disorders.
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Experts believe this is because stress in pregnancy affects the way the infant brain develops.
Personality disorders are a broad range of behavioural problems which can result in disturbed thinking, impusive behaviour and aggression.
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Experts think about one in 20 people in the UK have a personality disorder.
Many people suffering from these issues also suffer from other mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
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Study leader Ross Brannigan, from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, said: 'This study highlights the importance of providing mental health and stress support to both pregnant women and families during the antenatal and postnatal period.'
The research team tracked 3,626 people born in 1975 and 1976 in Helsinki, Finland.
They were re-assessed in 2005, when they were 29 or 30 years old.
In that time 40 of the 3,626 sample had been diagnosed with personality disorder.
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