Midlife, Madness, or Menopause: Does Anyone Know What's Normal

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A Complete and Comforting Guide on What Your Mother Never Told You About Menopause. Going beyond the television talk shows and tabloids, here′s real help through the maze of information women are hit with as they enter midlife––somewhere between ages 35 and 60. Told from the point of view of a friend who′s been there, Midlife, Madness, or Menopause provides simple, practical guidelines as to what you might expect and what you can do to help yourself as your body begins to change. Written by a woman who has gone through menopause and corroborated by a distinguished physician and woman′s health advocate, this book explores the changes women face around the time of menopause––drawing on questions and concerns gathered from hundreds of women who have experienced it. This indispensable book will give you: ∗ Up–to–the–minute guidelines on hormone replacement therapy. ∗ Down–to–earth personal stories. ∗ Clear explanations for the changes taking place in your body. ∗ The latest facts on medical procedures, such as hysterectomy, dilation and curettage, endometrial ablation, and bladder reconstruction. ∗ Tools to detect more than 70 common signs of hormonal change. ∗ The latest information on alternative therapy as well as time–honored traditional treatments. Designed to dispel fears and debunk myths, this guide is filled with humorous "Moments of Madness" and a positive, personal approach for managing your own health––mental and physical.

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Richard Whittington, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. He is a psychologist and researcher with a background as a mental health nurse in intensive care and general acute psychiatric settings. He has published widely on the psychological and social causes and effects of aggression in mental health care. Current projects include systematic reviews of risk assessment and interventions in forensic mental health funded by the UK NHS R&D programme.

Dirk Richter, PhD, nurse (with working experience in mental health) and sociologist, currently researcher and quality manager at Westphalian Hospital in Muenster, Germany, and associate professor ('Privatdozent') at the Institute of Sociology, University of Muenster. In German, Dirk Richter has authored and edited three books on violence in health care. He has co-authored a widely spread booklet on conflict management in psychiatric settings and has written several research papers and book chapters on the topic. Dirk Richter has also published in fields such as social psychiatry, evaluation and quality management, medical philosophy, nursing science, social theory and nationalism research. His last book on the sociology of mental disorders in the era of life sciences has been published in 2003(in German).

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