Concise Guide to Women's Mental Health / Edition 2

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Women outnumber men as consumers of health care in the United States: they visit doctors more often, fill more prescriptions, undergo more surgeries, occupy more hospital beds, and spend more money on health care than men. Yet it wasn't until the past decade that active trials in gender-specific aspects of mental health began leading us to a better understanding of the psychiatric disorders to which women are vulnerable.

Distilling the findings of this research into practical information about the assessment and management of psychiatric conditions specific to women, this Second Edition (updated from 1997) expands upon the biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that influence women's mental health, with particular emphasis on reproductive points in the female life cycle—and the ways in which these factors are integral to gender-sensitive case formulations, diagnoses, and treatment planning. Updates in the second edition include the latest findings about premenstrual dysphoric disorder, the use of psychiatric medications in pregnant and breast-feeding women, perinatal loss, surgical menopause, eating disorders, sexual trauma, seasonal affective disorder, sleep disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Complementing lengthier psychiatric references, this latest Concise Guide offers enduring value in a convenient pocket-size format with extensive tables and illustrations. Its wealth of practical information, highlighted by material from the authors' clinical experiences, makes it a must-read for psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, and medical students working in various treatment settings, from inpatient psychiatry units and outpatient clinicsto consultation-liaison services and private offices.

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Reviewer: 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.
New edition of a guide that provides practical information in a concise format for practitioners in a variety of treatment settings, such as inpatient psychiatry units, outpatient clinics, consultation- liason services, and private offices. Burt and Hendrick (clinical psychiatry, U. of California) discuss topics including premenstrual dysphoric disorder, hormonal contraception and effects on mood, psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and postpartum, induced abortion and pregnancy loss, infertility, perimenopause and menopause, gender issues in the treatment of mental illness, and female-specific cancers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585620302
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.52 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Vivien K. Burt, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, as well as Director of the Women’s Life Center, Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Victoria C. Hencrick, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Director of the Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Disorders Program, and Assistant Director of the Women’s Mood Disorders Research Program at the University of California at Los Angeles and Edelman Westside Mental Health Center.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Hormonal contraception and effects on mood. Psychiatric disorders during pregnancy. Postpartum psychiatric disorders. Induced abortion and pregnancy loss. Infertility: psychological implications of diagnosis and treatment. Perimenopause and menopause. Gender issues in the treatment of mental illness. Female-specific cancers. Appendix: resources and support groups. Index.

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