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From The CriticsReviewer: Michelle Field-Chez, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This comprehensive textbook on women's mental health brings together an array of interdisciplinary experts. These experts review mental health issues and disorders throughout women's lives.
Purpose: The purpose is to present an overview of the current state of affairs within the field of women's mental health. This book is needed due to the tremendous headway made in this area. This book meets the editor's objective.
Audience: This book is intended to serve as a reference for clinicians, researchers, and students, according to the editors. The editors are both highly credible on the subject of women's health. One is a leading academic ob-gyn with active research in women's mental health, and the other is an academic psychiatrist involved in the study of mood and anxiety disorders during the reproductive life of women. The latter researcher also studies sexual dysfunction in women and sexual dysfunction as a result of the usage of psychopharmacology.
Features: This book begins by discussing the psychiatric aspects of the different cycles of a woman's reproductive life. Included in this section are the differences in neuroendocrine and neutrotransmitters as they relate to women, and the differences in the use of psychopharmacology. Part 2 covers assessment and treatment of both Axis I and Axis II disorders in women. Part 3 deals with the use of other medical consultants for the treatment and diagnosis of women in relationship to their psychiatric issues. Part 4 covers the sociocultural issues affecting women, i.e. marriage, aging, trauma, and violence. Finally, Part 5 deals with the future and looks at mental health policy research.
Assessment: This book is very useful for its access to the references, researchers, and summaries of the current opinion about women's mental health. For students, this book is a wonderful learning tool. Clinicians will be able to use this book to learn about current thought on the diagnosis and treatment of women with psychiatric illnesses. Finally, researchers will be able to review the literature that has been written up to this point in various areas of psychiatric illness, in order to supplement and expand their work. This is an outstanding book and anyone working with women should have this as a reference.