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# denial - Friday 21 November, 2014

From Gerry Adams is not a member of ISIS Denial

Gerry Adams is not a member of ISIS

Or so he says anyway.

# denial - Saturday 20 September, 2014

Tubes asks Ashley Young about the time a bird pooed in his mouth

Sure thing Ashley, we believe you…

# denial - Friday 25 July, 2014

Arturo Vidal: I’m not going to Manchester United

The Chile midfielder returned to Turin on Thursday following an extended post-World Cup break.

# denial - Wednesday 26 March, 2014

From Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law found guilty of conspiracy to kill Americans Trial

Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law found guilty of conspiracy to kill Americans

Abu Ghaith is most famous for appearing in a video with bin Laden the day after the 9/11 attacks.

# denial - Saturday 1 February, 2014

Brian McDermott at centre of Leeds United chaos

The club have performed a remarkable U-turn on Saturday as they revealed their manager has not been sacked.

# denial - Sunday 26 January, 2014

From The Daily Edge The characteristics of the Parental Sex Talk Let's Talk About Sex

The characteristics of the Parental Sex Talk

Aside from general embarrassment, of course.

# denial - Thursday 19 December, 2013

Barca slam media ‘attack’ on Messi entourage

The club have rejected reports linking the Nou Camp talisman’s family with an alleged Colombian drug money laundering operation.

# denial - Sunday 20 October, 2013

From Gerry Adams never led secret inquiry into Sinn Féin/IRA sexual abuse – SF Denial

Gerry Adams never led secret inquiry into Sinn Féin/IRA sexual abuse – SF

Gerry Adams said an article which says he led the covert internal inquiry was “scurrilous”.

# denial - Saturday 12 October, 2013

Real Madrid deny Gareth Bale has slipped disc

The Welsh star has played just three competitive matches since making the big move to Spain.

# denial - Monday 12 August, 2013

Opinion: Drugs aren’t the real problem in sport, hoping they don’t exist is

With PEDs once again making headlines in baseball, it’d be foolish to think your favourite sport is clean.

# denial - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

From Extract: The 5 emotional stages of debt Read Me

Extract: The 5 emotional stages of debt

Determination, resolve and belief is what you need to overcome your debt problems, says financial expert Liam Croke who has some tips to help.

# denial - Wednesday 17 April, 2013

Fergie never asks anyone to snub England – Carrick

The United boss recently said he found international friendlies a hindrance to his own work at Old Trafford.

# denial - Sunday 24 March, 2013

There’s nothing wrong with Spain, insists Cazorla

The Arsenal man defended his teammates after their disappointing draw with Finland.

# denial - Wednesday 20 March, 2013

From NASA denies report that Voyager left solar system Voyager

NASA denies report that Voyager left solar system

The US space agency described a report published today as “premature”.

# denial - Sunday 3 March, 2013

Arsenal: We have had no contact over a potential takeover

An investment group from the Gulf region have been linked with a £1.5billion offer for the North London club.

# denial - Thursday 7 February, 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo: There is no doping in football

The winger also dismissed suggestions that there was animosity between Jose Mourinho and him.

# denial - Thursday 17 January, 2013

It wasn’t me: here’s some of Lance Armstrong’s doping denials through the years

“You are not worth the chair that you’re sitting on,” Armstrong told Irish journalist Paul Kimmage.

# denial - Sunday 30 December, 2012

Arsene Wenger rules out Thierry Henry loan

The Arsenal coach believes his squad already possesses sufficient attacking options.

# denial - Saturday 15 December, 2012

Doctor: ‘I never saw Lance Armstrong dope’

Michele Ferrari has said he did not see the cyclist take drugs.

# denial - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

Going nowhere: Long plays down transfer rumours

The West Brom striker has also encouraged his side to remain positive despite their recent dip in form.

# denial - Friday 7 December, 2012

‘I don’t think about these things’ – Ancelotti laughs off Mourinho job swap

The coach did admit that he would like to manage Real Madrid “one day”.

# denial - Tuesday 4 December, 2012

Champions League: Benitez happy for Torres to continue current form

The Spaniard reinforced his backing for the struggling striker, saying he helps the team in other areas (like clearing away corner kicks).

Benitez rules out Lukaku January return

The 19-year-old has scored five Premier League goals for West Brom so far this season.

# denial - Thursday 29 November, 2012

I am not a diver, insists Tottenham’s Gareth Bale Denial This post contains videos

I am not a diver, insists Tottenham’s Gareth Bale

Meanwhile, Andre Villas Boas has admitted the club’s star winger could be sold.

# denial - Monday 26 November, 2012

Brazilian FA rule out Josep Guardiola as coach

The former Barcelona boss has recently been linked with the prestigious role.

# denial - Sunday 18 November, 2012

No dice: Ferguson rules out re-signing Ronaldo

The veteran coach suggested it would take “incredible amounts of money” for Madrid to sell the player.

# denial - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Serbian FA denies racist abuse at under-21 game

The organisation also accused England’s Danny Rose of “extremely inappropriate” behaviour.

# denial - Monday 20 August, 2012

From Column: You know what? Doing time does help you move on in life. Opinion

Column: You know what? Doing time does help you move on in life.

There is little to recommend a spell in prison, says former trader Nick Leeson, but his jail time gave him time to tackle his mistakes – and make a better go at life when he emerged.

# denial - Monday 30 July, 2012

London 2012: China’s Ye hits back at doping claims

The Chinese prodigy has insisted she won fairly after concerns were raised about her incredible performance.

# denial - Sunday 24 June, 2012

Murray stamps his feet and insists he is not a ‘drama queen’

The world number four gets his Wimbledon campaign up and running this Tuesday against Nikolay Davydenko.

# denial - Sunday 11 March, 2012

No way, Jose! I’m no Mourinho, insists Guardiola

The Barcelona coach has also praised his players’ honesty and “love towards the game”.

# denial - Saturday 3 March, 2012

FAI play down McClean rumours

The association have dismissed speculation that Trapattoni has decided against including the 22-year-old in his Euro 2012 squad.

# denial - Friday 24 February, 2012

Mayo: We never offered Tommy Lyons payment to become manager

Mayo GAA have hit back after Tommy Lyons told RTÉ that he had been offered money to become manager in 2010.

# denial - Friday 6 January, 2012

Rooney and United rubbish exit claims

The club have described a report in The Independent, which indicated that the striker was set to leave Old Trafford, as “nonsense”.

# denial - Monday 2 January, 2012

The Joey Barton story, chapter 143: “The ref was conned.”

The loquacious QPR midfielder insists that the referee was fooled and that he never headbutted Norwich’s Bradley Johnson.

# denial - Friday 25 November, 2011

Rumours of our dwarf-throwing are greatly exaggerated, claims O’Brien

The Ireland player rejected English allegations that they behaved poorly at the World Cup, when talking to reporters yesterday.

# denial - Friday 7 October, 2011

Wilkinson and Flood won’t be having a kick-off after all

Despite rumours to the contrary, Martin Johnson has said the duo will not be enging in a penalty shootout-style kicking contest.

# denial - Tuesday 20 September, 2011

England reject Nick Easter bungee jumping rumours

England management have been forced to dismiss claims that the player was injured during the squad’s recent outing.

# denial - Wednesday 6 April, 2011

From Residence of Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo “stormed” Ivory Coast

Residence of Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo “stormed”

The incumbent president has refused to cede power to Alassane Ouattara, who was elected to the role last year.

# denial - Friday 30 July, 2010

DOMINIQUE COTTREZ, Véronique Courjault, Céline Lesage: three seemingly ordinary women who share a grim alliance.

In cases that have horrified people in their native France, and across the world, each woman has admitted to the killing of her newborn babies.

The latest case, that of 45-year-old Dominique Cottrez, was uncovered this week. The new owners of Cottrez’s previous home made a gruesome discovery when digging in the back garden to make a pool: the remains of two tiny bodies.

When police searched the home in which Cottrez now lives with her husband, Pierre-Marie, they found six more sets of remains wrapped in plastic bags.

Cottrez, who has two adult daughters, has admitted to smothering eight newborns between 1989 and 2006.

In a similar case last March, also in France, 38-year-old Céline Lesage was found guilty of killing six of her newborn babies. Last year, 42-year-old Véronique Courjault was found guilty of murdering three of her newborns.

But the cases are not confined to France, and neither is the psychological condition – pregnancy denial – that experts say led these women to committing infanticide.

What is pregnancy denial?

According to experts, pregnancy denial is a complex mental condition which results in a woman having a lack of awareness of being pregnant.

“Denial” is a more serious condition than may first be understood. It is not a simple, dismissive attitude to the news of a pregnancy, but has been described as an “unconscious defence mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.”

A women suffering from this condition can experience it in a range of forms and to different degrees of severity, according to experts.

What are the forms of pregnancy denial?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, there are three forms of pregnancy denial:

1.  Pervasive denial

Pervasive denial “occurs when not only the emotional significance but the very existence of the pregnancy is kept from awareness.”

It can mean that bodily changes and even labour pains can be misinterpreted, meaning the woman can be first consciously aware of having been pregnant only after giving birth. However the trauma involved can mean that a woman can fail to recognise the newborn as a “real” baby.

Speaking to FRANCE 24, president of the French Association for the Recognition of Pregnancy Denial, Felix Navarro said:

One must understand the circumstances under which these situations arise. A woman who has total pregnancy denial suffers terribly painful symptoms that she doesn’t understand. Her water breaks and she sees something coming out of her body: something she can’t fully discern, something that is sometimes inanimate and that the woman doesn’t necessarily identify as a baby.

2. Affective denial

In cases of “affective denial” women are aware of their pregnancy but they make little emotional or physical preparation for it and “continue to think, feel, and behave as though they were not pregnant.”

This is commonly displayed in women who have substance abuse  problems and who may continue drinking or taking drugs during their pregnancy.

3. Psychotic denial

This form of denial occurs in women who suffer from psychosis and have previously lost custody of other children.

How common is it?

According to the British Medical Journal (BMJ); “The common view that denied pregnancies are exotic and rare events is not valid.”

The BMJ concludes that the ratio of pregnancy denial is about one to every 475 births, according to a study based in Berlin over a one year period.

Based on that study, the BMJ calculated that:

In about 1600 births the mother would not have been aware of her pregnancy at 20 weeks of gestation, or later—and each year 300 women would not have realised they were pregnant until going into labour.

What causes it?

The causes seem to be wide and varied, but often appear to be rooted in an early trauma or a mental illness.

Speaking to Time magazine, Michel Delcroix, a former gynecologist who served as a court expert in the Véronique Courjault trial, said the condition can be caused by a woman having experienced physical abuse or rape.

A French study of 22 women with the condition found that the phenomenon was common among young women who are experiencing their first pregnancy. The study noted that one-fifth had been abused.

A German study that included 65 women with the condition found that some of the women had schizophrenia, personality disorders, diminished intelligence, or substance-abuse disorders.

Various studies into the disorder have concluded that women from a range of socio-economic backgrounds experienced pregnancy denial.

Is there treatment?

Experts warn that many women who have experienced pregnancy denial are never referred for psychological screening.

Many women in denial of their pregnancies present themselves at hospital before giving birth (because of intense pain) and, while drug test are sometimes performed, few ever receive psychiatric evaluations.

Nada Stotland, vice president of the APA, told Medscape that women – and sometimes their partners – need to be referred to psychiatrists after experiencing pregnancy denial, something which rarely happens.

She explained: “It takes some psychic effort not to notice that you are pregnant – or that a family member or loved one is pregnant.”

She appealed to medical staff to refer patients to psychiatrists when they display pregnancy denial.