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This comprehensive reference and text synthesizes a vast body of clinically useful knowledge about women's mental health and health care. Coverage includes women's psychobiology across the life span-sex differences in neurobiology and psychopharmacology and psychiatric aspects of the reproductive cycle-as well as gender-related issues in assessment and treatment of frequently encountered psychiatric disorders. Current findings are presented on sex differences in epidemiology, risk factors, presenting symptoms, treatment options and outcomes, and more. Also addressed are mental health consultation to other medical specialties, developmental and sociocultural considerations in service delivery, and research methodology and health policy concerns.
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Editorial Reviews

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews

"A worthy reference for clinicians....this excellent reference lets us know how little we understand about women's physiology and mental health."--Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

"Clinicians should find this book a comprehensive reference source."--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
Social Work in Health Care

"This well-written and comprehensive review of women's mental health would be a useful reference for social work or psychology students who are beginning to work in the field of mental health as well as the more experienced clinician or primary care physician who would like to keep abreast of changes in the field of mental health."--Social Work in Health Care
Clinical Social Work Journal

"...fills a wide gap in today's literature in that it inclusively features the psychobiological, psychiatric, consultative, sociocultural, investigative, and health policy perspectives regarding gender differences....it is just this type of readily accessible information that should be a part of every clinical social worker's professional library. In order to provide adequate standards of patient care, to collaborate with one's medical colleagues, and to provide the broadest possible perspective in the social work treatment milieu, clinical social workers would gain from use of this text as a reference point for more comprehensive understanding of overall treatment considerations."--Clinical Social Work Journal
Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

"Women's Mental Health is a must read for anyone serious about understanding and providing mental health services for women. For starters, the book is thoughtfully organized into sections and chapters that allow the reader to group related topics into a cohesive whole. The 5 sections (Women's Psychobiology and Reproductive Life Cycle, Assessment and Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders in Women, Psychiatric Consultation With Women, Sociocultural Issues for Women, and Research and Health Policy Issues) provide a logical framework for the topics such that, within each grouping, the chapters relate logically to one another....The editors have selected an impressive team of authors, and each chapter contains an extensive and up-to-date bibliography for the topic....this textbook is not only comprehensive but also balanced. Whether you are looking for the latest update on psychopharmacology, on treatment of specific diagnostic categories, on the interface between psychiatric and medical illnesses, on sociological or cultural issues, or on ethical and policy concerns, you will find what you are looking for in this book....I recommend it most highly, not only to those interested in women's health but to anyone who wants an appreciation of the way gender can determine pathways of health, illness, and care."--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

"...a fascinating and informative book built on the central premise that men and women ought to be diagnosed and treated differently by mental healthcare professionals....The research in this volume is extensive and the sources referred to are up to date and plentiful. I was impressed by the high standard of scholarship in this book compared to other clinical texts I've reviewed in which information presented was trivial, arguments and conclusions were flawed, and references were badly outdated....an excellent resource for anyone whose aim is to either understand or treat, or both, the psychological and biological aspects of women's mental health problems."--Metapsychology
Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

"This comprehensive overview of women's mental health was designed to offer a combined psychobiological, psychosocial, and policy perspective to guide clinical practice and research. It is aimed at all levels, from beginners to those with experience in this field. Dr. Kornstein and Dr. Clayton are known experts in this area, and the authors they have assembled range from locally prominent to internationally known experts....I found this overall to be a good book that contains a great deal of information. It was clear, readable, and remarkably free of production errors. I see it as a suitable general introduction to this field and an excellent reference book for all therapists who, even though they may not specialize in women's mental health, will encounter these issues in their female patients."--Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Psychological Medicine
"Women's Mental Health: A Comprehensive Textbook, is appropriately named. I have a summary recommendation: put this book on your shelf of easily accessible reference texts after you read it cover to cover....Editors Kornstein and Clayton (and their contribution) have done a remarkable job identifying and summarizing the available literature about women's mental health. We are fortunate to be poised to meet the challenge for gender-focused research and clinical treatment recommended in the IOM reports from the platform of this fine book. The editors have thoughtfully divided the work into four sections: women's psychobiology and reproductive life cycle; assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders in women; sociocultural issues for women; and research and health policy issues. Clearly, the energetic editors have selected their contributors wisely. All chapters are good, and the majority are superb."--Psychological Medicine
Psychology of Women Quarterly

"Its challenge of the gender bias in medicine and emphasis on women's health makes it a welcome addition to the medical literature. It would be an important resource book for academic psychologists teaching courses in physiology or researching women's mental health issues,as well as psychologists preparing for the possibility of prescriptive authority as it contains thorough chapters on sex differences in the neuroendocrine and neurotransmitter systems and how they relate to depression and anxiety as responses to stress and sex differences in drug absorption, metabolism, and effects. This textbook is well documented with extensive and current (mostly 1990's) reference lists....academic psychologists teaching courses in psychophysiology and psychopharmacology would find this book a most valuable resource. Those researching women's mental health or psychological issues concomitant with medical problems would also benefit by reading this book. Those developing expertise in prescriptive authority would find a wealth of information on drug effects and drug interactions. Also, a practitioner working in a group practice that included physicians or those working in a hospital setting with patients who also had physical issues would gain from this textbook. Finally, this book would make a good gift for physician friends who probably did not get much of this information in medical school."--Psychology of Women Quarterly
New England Journal of Medicine
"The editors and authors of this book are to be congratulated for delivering a tour de force. They have produced a comprehensive, authoritative, and well-balanced book on sex and mental health. The editors have chosen their authors well and have accomplished an important task: they have managed to hold each author to a specific focus on his or her assigned topic. There is remarkably little repetition or overlap for a multiauthored book. The excellent cross referencing enables the reader to find references and topics quickly....It presents the current state of the art in this rapidly growing field. It will be of special interest to those in mental health fields, but it will also serve the needs of all health care providers. The range and depth of information it provides are rarely found in one comprehensive reference book....a 'must' for a reference library and for any clinician interested in women's health."--New England Journal of Medicine

"Women's Mental Health also pays attention to special populations, such as lesbian women, women of color, and aging and elderly women. It should serve as a reference for mental health and medical practitioners as well as a textbook for graduate level courses. Highly recommended for all health science collections."--E-Streams
Feminist Collections

"Women's Mental Health is fine for a review of current scholarship on mental illnesses and women."--Feminist Collections
Psychiatric Services

"If you want a comprehensive reference book on women's mental health, this 638-page volume, edited by two women, would not be a bad place to start. The strength of this book is that it is like a little encyclopedia. Women's Mental Health is a welcome addition to the number of new textbooks addressing gender issues and would be a good starting point for getting an overall familiarity with a topic. The heavy referencing is a major asset. The scope is comprehensive, covering historical features as well as both psychological and biological perspectives. The 37 chapters are brief but cover a lot and maintain striking readability."--Psychiatric Services
From the Publisher

"This comprehensive volume enriches our understanding of the biological and psychosocial influences that shape women's lives, and provides important information for assessing and treating psychiatric disorders as women experience them. This book is a valuable contemporary reference for all clinicians."--Carolyn M. Mazure, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Director, Women's Health Research at Yale, Yale University School of Medicine

"Impressive for the breadth and depth of its coverage, this is an outstanding sourcebook for psychiatrists, primary care physicians, and other medical professionals treating women. Well organized, clearly written, and thoughtful, the book integrates virtually all that is currently known about women's mental health and provides the most current, comprehensive, and authoritative coverage of the field. This book is a 'must' for any physician's shelf."--Alan Schatzberg, MD, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University Medical School

"...The textbook displays a remarkable understanding of the role of psychological issues in the development and course of disease....The breadth of issues presented--ranging from the reproductive cycle and psychiatric disorders to sociocultural issues--makes the textbook a valuable mental health resource for women at any stage of their lives."--Phyllis Greenberger, MSW, President and CEO, Society for Women's Health Research

The New England Journal of Medicine

"A tour de force....Comprehensive, authoritative, and well-balanced....It will be of special interest to those in mental health fields, but it will also serve the needs of all health care providers....A must for a reference library and for any clinician interested in women's health."--The New England Journal of Medicine

"The editors of this textbook are both scholars who are nationally recognized experts in women's mental health issues....[It is] an excellent compendium that should serve as a useful reference for both experienced practitioners and their students."--Psychosomatics
From The Critics
A comprehensive reference for clinicians, researchers, and students. The contributors incorporate psychobiological, psychosocial, and health policy perspectives on mental health issues and disorders that are unique to women, more prevalent in women, or expressed differently in women and men. Sections address women's psychobiology and reproductive life cycle; assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders in women; psychiatric consultation with women; sociocultural issues faced by women; and research and health policy issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593851446
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 638
  • Sales rank: 942,457
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan G. Kornstein, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center, where she serves as Director of Clinical Research for the Department of Psychiatry. She is also Executive Director of the VCU Mood Disorders Institute and Executive Director of the VCU Institute for Women's Health, which has been designated a National Center of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Kornstein has written or cowritten more than 100 articles, chapters, and abstracts, and has been a principal investigator on over 30 research studies in the areas of depression, anxiety disorders, and premenstrual syndrome. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists.

Anita H. Clayton, MD, is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she serves as the Medical Director of the Center for Psychiatric Clinical Research. She has published numerous journal articles and abstracts, as well as a coauthored book on relationships and depression, and has served as principal investigator on many research grants. Dr. Clayton's clinical and research interests include mood and anxiety disorders associated with reproductive life events in women, and sexual dysfunction related to illness and medication use. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

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Table of Contents

I. Women's Psychobiology and Reproductive Life Cycle
1. Sex Differences in Neuroendocrine and Neurotransmitter Systems, Elizabeth A. Young, Anita Korszun, and Margaret Altemus
2. Sex Differences in Psychopharmacology, Olga Brawman-Mintzer
3. Psychiatric Aspects of the Menstrual Cycle, Meir Steiner and Leslie Born
4. Psychiatric Aspects of Pregnancy, Ruta Nonacs, Adele C. Viguera, and Lee S. Cohen
5. Psychiatric Aspects of the Postpartum Period, Angela F. Arnold, Claudia Baugh, Angela Fisher, Jessica Brown, and Zachary N. Stowe
6. Psychiatric Aspects of Hormonal Contraception, Julia K. Warnock and Christine F. Blake
7. Psychiatric Aspects of Menopause, Ineke Ayubi-Moak and Barbara L. Parry
II. Assessment and Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders in Women
8. Depression, Susan G. Kornstein and Barbara A. Wojcik
9. Bipolar Disorder, Marlene P. Freeman, Lesley M. Arnold, and Susan L. McElroy
10. Schizophrenia, Jean S. Gearon and Jill A. Rachbeisel
11. Anxiety Disorders, Teresa A. Pigott
12. Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse, R. J. Canterbury
13. Eating Disorders, Pauline S. Powers
14. Sexual Dysfunction, Anita H. Clayton
15. Sleep Disorders, Rachel Manber, Ian M. Colrain, and Kathryn A. Lee
16. Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Katharine A. Phillips
17. Somatoform Disorders, Ondria C. Gleason and William R. Yates
18. Personality Disorders, Paula L. Hensley and H. George Nurnberg
19. Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Daniel A. Monti and Marie Stoner
III. Psychiatric Consultation in Women
20. Gynecology, Diana L. Dell
21. Oncology: Women with Breast, Gynecologic, or Lung Cancer, Emmie I. Chen and Elisabeth J. S. Kunkel
22. Rheumatological Diseases, Catherine A. Staropoli and Christine Skotzko
23. Endocrine Disorders, Jennifer S. Brasch, Glenda MacQueen, and Russell Joffe
24. Cardiovascular Disease, Sherri Hansen
25. Gastrointestinal Disorders, Thomas N. Wise and Catherine C. Crone
26. HIV/AIDS, Sally E. Herbert and Pamela Bachanas
27. Neurological Disorders of Increased Prevalence in Women: Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, and Alzheimer's Disease, Howard L. Field and Reid Brackin
28. Cosmetic Surgery, David B. Sarwer and Michael J. Pertschuk
IV. Sociocultural Issues for Women
29. Developmental Perspectives on Gender, M. Beth Casey
30. Marriage and Family, Marcia Lasswell
31. Career and Workplace Issues, Diane K. Shrier
32. Trauma and Violence, Bethany Brand
33. Lesbian Women, Rochelle L. Klinger
34. Women of Color, Cheryl S. Al-Mateen, Frances M. Christian, Asha Mishra, Michele Cofield, and Toni Tildon
35. Aging and Elderly Women, Suzanne Holroyd
V. Research and Health Policy Issues
36. Women and Mental Health Research Methodology, Ruth B. Merkatz, Cathryn M. Clary, and Wilma Harrison
37. Mental Health Policy and Women, Mary C. Blehar and Grayson Norquist
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