Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health

Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health

by Vivien K. Burt, Victoria C. Hendrick
     
 

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This comprehensive update of the popular second edition of the authors' Concise Guide to Women's Mental Health provides the latest evidence-based medical and psychiatric facts related to the assessment and treatment of women with psychiatric disorders -- particularly as women pass through reproductive transitions or experience hormonal challenges -- reviewing the

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This comprehensive update of the popular second edition of the authors' Concise Guide to Women's Mental Health provides the latest evidence-based medical and psychiatric facts related to the assessment and treatment of women with psychiatric disorders -- particularly as women pass through reproductive transitions or experience hormonal challenges -- reviewing the ways in which these times are integral to gender-sensitive case formulations, diagnoses, and treatment planning.

The Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health emphasizes evidence-based medicine and reflects the authors' expanding clinical experience. Key features include • Extensively revised chapters on the use of psychiatric medications during pregnancy and breast-feeding, abortion and contraception, and the use of hormones during menopause.• A meticulous review of the use of psychopharmacological agents to treat women at important reproductive transition points.• Numerous and thorough references and citations from the latest peer-reviewed journals.• More than 50 carefully annotated tables and charts -- especially those on the use of psychiatric medications in pregnancy and breast-feeding.• Summary passages that enable readers to quickly gain access to important evidence-based data that will inform their practice.

Asserting that a multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach -- one that incorporates both psychotherapy and careful attention to social needs -- is integral to successful treatment, the authors of Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health discuss the latest data on women's mental health, including premenstrual dysphoric disorder, hormonal contraception and effects on mood, mood/anxiety/psychotic disorders during pregnancy and postpartum, the effect of breast-feeding on the treatment of postpartum disorders, perimenopause and menopause, postmenopause, psychological implications of infertility, abortion and miscarriage, female-specific cancers, and gender issues in the treatment of mental illness.

Easily accessed by clinicians at every level of medicine, psychiatry, obstetrics-gynecology, psychology, and social work, the Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health is best used as an ancillary text for students, interns, residents, and graduated clinicians and researchers in psychiatry, family medicine, internal medicine, internal medicine subspecialties, and obstetrics-gynecology.

Finally, lay women with psychiatric conditions who wish to better understand how they can make wise decisions regarding their care and well-being as they face important issues such as pregnancy, breast-feeding, and hormone therapy will welcome this updated edition of the Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health.

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Metapsychology Online Reviews

The Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health, in its clear layout and account, provides a clear and concise presentation of clinically significant considerations, and medical differential diagnoses that will be a most valuable book for other health workers as well as medicos, including non-prescribing professionals such as counselors, clinical psychologists, and social workers….This excellent book, an update of the second edition of the authors' Concise Guide to Women's Mental Health, should sit on the desks of every health professional. A most useful book indeed.

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: This manual was penned as an update of another text and describes the most recent information in the ever-changing field of women's mental health.
Purpose: The primary purpose is to update information on women's mental health issues, as research in this field continues to become more sophisticated. It addresses complex questions such as medication management during pregnancy and breast-feeding, as well as treatment of patients in menopause or suffering from a failed or aborted pregnancy.
Audience: While useful for virtually any clinician in the area of mental health, this book appears to be geared more for providers dispensing medications and other forms of therapy to women in various life stages. Some of the terms are more complicated for those without medical training, but generally speaking, the book is suitable for providers caring for these patients.
Features: It addresses many of the major life changes experienced by women, including menses, pregnancy, the postpartum period, pregnancy loss, infertility, perimenopause, menopause, and female specific cancers. It contains numerous tables, but few diagrams or charts, and the references are current and useful.
Assessment: Although I am unfamiliar with its predecessor, this book is an excellent summary of a burgeoning area of psychiatry that has been overlooked for many years. The chapters addressing a woman's loss of pregnancy and infertility are especially useful and the information regarding medications and pregnancy and breastfeeding are quite valuable. It would be rare for a clinician to treat patients without encountering at least a few of these issues frequently, and this book touches on these topics without overwhelming the reader. The main shortcoming of the book is the lack of discussion regarding prepubescent and pubescent hormonal changes and their impact on mental health.
3 Stars from Doody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585621866
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
873,399
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Calvin J. Hobel

This Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health by Vivien Burt and Victoria Hendrick will help all clinicians involved in women's health navigate the complex mental health issues throughout the continuum of Women's Health. We have come to the realization that we cannot understand disease in the absence of the person behavior and the environment in which she/he lives. Some refer to this as the 'epigenetic' approach, since a person may have a genetic predisposition for a disease but not develop the disease. This paradox suggests that there are modifiers of risk and those events in our environment and our behaviors may determine this risk. This book provides many mental health profiles that are examples of this paradox. For example: the role of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids can be use for the treatment of depression; however, could its use prior to conception and during pregnancy change the risk for maternal depression? This manual even points out the importance of 'periconception' (around conception) assessment and intervention to improve outcome for the infant. Is this the beginning of fetal programming to reduce subsequent risk during infancy and an individual's life span course? Improving women's mental health must be a priority to assure the health of our children and this manual will help clinicians achieve this goal.

Laura J. Miller

This book provides a concise, clearly written and practical guide to reproductive and gender influences on psychiatric disorders and their treatment. The authors combine careful distillation of research relevant to clinical practice with the wisdom of experience. Clinicians from beginners to the most seasoned will find useful information that will improve their care of women with reproductive and gender-linked psychiatric problems.

Shari I. Lusskin

Doctors Burt and Hendrick present an up-to-date review of topics in women's mental health in a pithy and eminently readable manner that makes the Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health a tremendous resource for clinicians at all levels of experience. Aided by clear and concise tables, they provide a wealth of information on rapidly evolving subjects such as infertility, pregnancy loss, the treatment of pregnant and breastfeeding women, and perimenopause. They also share their considerable clinical expertise by providing practical tips on how to tailor the psychiatric evaluation to the special needs and concerns of women. Clinicians will find that this book enhances their ability to diagnose and treat female patients with sensitivity, compassion, and confidence.

Meet the Author

Vivien K. Burt, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Founder and Director of the Women's Life Center of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital.

Victoria Hendrick, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and the Olive View - UCLA Medical Center.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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