Devaki Syndrome: A culture-bound psychological reaction in Indian Hindu women in response to repeated pregnancy loss?

Kamal Nath, Arnab Bhattacharya, Prakriti Sinha, Samir Kumar Praharaj

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Depression and anxiety are observed in pregnant women with previous foetal loss due to spontaneous abortions. Culture has important influence on the expression of psychopathology. We report two Hindu women during second trimester of pregnancy with symptoms of depression and anxiety along with identification with a mythological figure - Devaki, with extreme preoccupations with child Krishna and expecting a male child, which precipitated after a series of unfortunate foetal losses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-15
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Journal of Psychiatry
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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