Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Women

Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Women

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.


"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

' … chapters are beautifully written while remaining rich in research information … I unequivocally recommend this book. It makes an ambitious contribution to our understanding of gender disparity within the filed of women's mental well-being, effectively collating current disparate information into a coherent integrative overview. The result is a collection of meaty essays which should comprehensively satisfy the appetite for an enlightened and broadened perspective.' British Journal of Psychiatry

'The writing is clear and succinct, and the discussions are broad based and well supported with references to recent research. Developmental, social, cultural, biological, and psychological factors are all considered … I find it difficult to praise one chapter over another because every one was filled with useful data for researchers, clinicians, educators, and health care administrators … [this book] is an excellent overview of selected mental disorders that disproportionately affect women. Clinicians in both inpatient and outpatient mental health practice will find it a valuable guide to understanding these disorders and to current treatment practices.' Psychiatry Services


BMA Book Awards 2007 - Commended