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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This guide to the assessment and management of psychiatric conditions specifically focuses on women's mental health needs. Most clinicians and residents will find the content extremely practical.
Purpose: The purpose is to address the biological, psychosocial, and sociocultural factors that affect the mental health of women. The information is organized around the all-important reproductive milestones during a woman's life. The authors' objectives are unquestionably met and exceeded.
Audience: Intended for students and practitioners of mental health, this book will undeniably serve the needs of all practicing clinicians and mental health trainees. The authors are credible, knowledgeable, insightful, and this book incorporates a terrific blend of both the authors' insight and clinical experiences.
Features: This book expertly discusses PMDD, psychiatric disorders during pregnancy, abortion and infertility issues, menopause, and cancer within an appropriate and applicable psychiatric context. The section on psychiatric disorders in pregnancy is an invaluable chapter with tables and figures of common psychotropic medications and gives a superb summary of in utero exposure to these medications. The index, tables, and figures illustrate key points, provide quick reference, and add to the ease of use. The authors provide a book that is welcoming to all clinicians.
Assessment: This is a much needed update to the previous edition. The inclusion of new data regarding pregnancy, breast feeding, hormone replacement therapy, and new additions such as PTSD and sleep disorders make this an excellent clinical and teaching tool in an area that deserves greater clinical and research attention.