Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Women

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Mood and anxiety disorders in women represent an increasingly important area of research and treatment development. The authors take a broad biopsychosocial and developmental approach to the issues, beginning with anxiety disorders in adolescence and progressing through the life phases of women to menopause and old age. All the disorders are covered, from anxiety and borderline personality disorder to stress and late-life depression. Particular attention is paid to questions of vulnerability; epidemiological and ...

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Overview

Mood and anxiety disorders in women represent an increasingly important area of research and treatment development. The authors take a broad biopsychosocial and developmental approach to the issues, beginning with anxiety disorders in adolescence and progressing through the life phases of women to menopause and old age. All the disorders are covered, from anxiety and borderline personality disorder to stress and late-life depression. Particular attention is paid to questions of vulnerability; epidemiological and clinical evidence showing gender differences in such disorders; aetiological explanations in terms of biological (including hormonal) as well as psychosocial parameters, and treatment implications.

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"In short, the work takes a progressive and comprehensive approach to women's mental health issues that can be used effectively by clinicians, mental health care administrators, researchers, academics, students, and policymakers. Taken collectively, its chapters can be a real eye-opener, promoting cultural and gender competency in the mental health care community."
Edward J. Cumella and Jennifer Lafferty, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books
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Reviewer: Heather Boyle, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The authors describe gender differences during development, both socially and physiologically, that effect mood and anxiety. The book uses extensive references to anchor its statements in relevant research.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview of mood and anxiety issues in women while taking into account unique complexities for this gender. This is a worthwhile objective as women comprise the largest population of medical care consumers. The book meets this objective.
Audience: From the author's perspective, this book is for women in general in addition to clinicians, biologists, pharmacologists, and other professionals interested in gender sensitive mental healthcare. The authors are credible experts.
Features: The book focuses on each developmental milestone in women's lives and the pressures during these periods that affect women's risks for anxiety and mood disorders. The authors take a balanced perspective as they evaluate both the unique physiologic and social stimuli that effect women. The effect of domestic violence is a unique and important inclusion. The book is well written and offers readers a unique perspective on gender differences in mood and anxiety.
Assessment: The authors explain in balanced terms the effects of women's physiology during adolescence as well as the specific social pressures. The effect of domestic violence is given an important analysis. The dynamic interplay between affect-anxiety-pregnancy is well analyzed, giving special attention to difficulties in medication choice during this time. Finally, the progression through menopause and into geriatrics allows discussion of special issues of this period. This is an excellent overview of our knowledge of mood and anxiety disorders in women over the life cycle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521547536
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2006
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

D.O.B. 28 Aug 1961.

D.O.B. 26 Aug 1958.

D.O.B. 8 Nov 1967.

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Table of Contents

Foreword; 1. Pubertal development and the mergence of the gender gap in mood disorders: a developmental and evolutionary synthesis Nicholas B. Allen, Anna Barrett, Lisa Sheeber and Betsy Davis; 2. Borderline personality disorder: sex differences Andrew M. Chanen; 3. Substance use and abuse in women Clare Gerada, Kristy Joyhns, Amanda Baker and David Castle; 4. Anxiety disorders in women Heather B. Howell, David Castle and Kimberley Yonkers; 5. Posttraumatic stress disorder in women Mark Creamer and Jessica Carty; 6. Domestic violence and its impact on mood disorder in women: implications for mental health workers Alison L. Warburton and Kathryn M. Abel; 7. Depression in women: hormonal influences Kathryn M. Abel and Jausahri Kulkarni; 8. Anxiety and mood disorders in pregnancy and the post-partum period Anne Buist, Lori Ross and Meir Steiner; 9. Pharmacological treatment of anxiety and depression in pregnancy and lactation Seetal Dodd, Jane Opie and Michael Berk; 10. Bipolar affective disorder: special issues for women Shaila Misri, Diane Carter and Ruth M. Little 11. Mood and menopause Lorraine Dennerstein and Jeanne Leventhal Alexander; 12. Anxiety and depression in women in old age Robert C. Baldwin and Jane Garner; Index.

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