Women's Mental Health: A Comprehensive Textbook

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Susan G. Kornstein, Anita H. Clayton
Guilford Publications, Apr 12, 2002 - Psychology - 638 pages
This comprehensive reference and text synthesizes a vast body of current 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. Empirically sound, clinically useful information is presented on sex differences in epidemiology, risk factors, presenting symptoms, treatment options and outcomes, and more. Sections also delve into mental health consultation to other medical specialties; developmental and sociocultural considerations in service delivery, including diversity issues; and research methodology and health policy concerns. Reflecting important contemporary advances in research and practice, this unique volume fills a crucial need for mental health and medical practitioners in a range of specialty areas. It will also serve as a text in graduate-level courses and residency programs.

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Susan G. Kornstein, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Virginia campus of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she serves as Chair of the Division of Ambulatory Care Psychiatry. She is also the Executive Director of the VCU Mood Disorders Institute, Executive Director of the VCU Institute for Women's Health, and Director of Psychiatric Services for MCV Women's HealthCare. 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 (UVA) Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia, and serves as the Medical Director of the UVA 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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