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"In this book you’ll find a thoughtfully edited chronicle of the unique convergence of genetic, hormonal, social, and environmental forces that influence a woman’s mental health over the course of her life.  Both comprehensive and nuanced, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Across the Lifespan captures the science, clinical observation, and collective wisdom of experts in the field.  Professionals and laypersons alike are well-advised to make room on their bookshelves for this one!"
-Margaret Howard, Ph.D., Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Women & Infants Hospital, Providence RI

"This outstanding collection of work is an important, timely, and much needed resource. Dr. Diana Lynn Barnes has been instrumental in bringing attention to the needs of perinatal women for decades. In Women's Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan, she brilliantly unites the medical world of reproductive life events with the psychiatric and psychological world of mental health issues associated with them. Her expertise, combined with contributions by distinguished leaders in the field, create a volume of work that should be studied carefully by every medical and mental health provider who works with women."
-Karen Kleiman, MSW, The Postpartum Stress Center, Author of Therapy and the Postpartum Woman

"Finally, a book that addresses the entire scope of women’s reproductive mental health spanning the gamut from puberty to menopause. The list of chapter contributors reads like a who’s who of international experts. Unique to this book is its focus on the interaction of genetics, hormonal fluctuations, and the social environment. It is a must addition for the libraries of clinicians and researchers in women’s reproductive mental health".
-Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut

Pregnancy and childbirth are generally viewed as joyous occasions. Yet for numerous women, these events instead bring anxiety, depression, and emotional distress. Increased interest in risk reduction and early clinical intervention is bringing reproductive issues to the forefront of women's mental health.

The scope of Women's Reproductive Mental Health across the Lifespan begins long before the childbearing years, and continues well after those years have ended. Empirical findings, case examples, and dispatches from emerging areas of the field illuminate representative issues across the continuum of women's lives with the goal of more effective care benefitting women and their families. Chapter authors discuss advances in areas such as fertility treatment and contraception, and present current thinking on the psychological impact of pregnancy loss, menopause, cancer, and other stressors. These expert contributors emphasize the connections between an individual's biology and psychology and cultural expectations in shaping women's mental health, and the balance between a client's unique history and current clinical knowledge clinicians need to address disorders. Included in the coverage:
-The experience of puberty and emotional wellbeing.
-Body image issues and eating disorders in the childbearing years.
-Risk assessment and screening during pregnancy.
-Normal and pathological postpartum anxiety.
-Mood disorders and the transition to menopause.
-The evolution of reproductive psychiatry.

A reference with an extended shelf life, Women's Reproductive Mental Health across the Lifespan enhances the work of researchers and practitioners in social work, clinical psychology, and psychiatry, and has potential relevance to all health care professionals.


Feature:

Utilizes a biopsychosocial perspective

Offers an in-depth overview of the psychological experience that underlies a woman's reproductive life from utero to menopause

Includes the most current cutting-edge research

Provides clinical applications


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This outstanding collection of work is an important, timely, and much needed resource. Dr. Diana Lynn Barnes has been instrumental in bringing attention to the needs of perinatal women for decades. In Women's Reproductive Health Across the Lifespan, she brilliantly unites the medical world of reproductive life events with the psychiatric and psychological world of mental health issues associated with them. Her expertise, combined with contributions by distinguished leaders in the field, create a volume of work that should be studied carefully by every medical and mental health provider who works with women.

-Karen Kleiman, MSW, The Postpartum Stress Center, Author of Therapy and the Postpartum Woman

Finally, a book that addresses the entire scope of women’s reproductive mental health spanning the gamut from puberty to menopause. The list of chapter contributors reads like a who’s who of international experts. Unique to this book is its focus on the interaction of genetics, hormonal fluctuations, and the social environment. It is a must addition for the libraries of clinicians and researchers in women’s reproductive mental health.

-Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut

Pregnancy and childbirth are generally viewed as joyous occasions. Yet for numerous women, these events instead bring anxiety, depression, and emotional distress. Increased interest in risk reduction and early clinical intervention is bringing reproductive issues to the forefront of women's mental health.

The scope of Women's Reproductive Mental Health across the Lifespan begins long before the childbearing years, and continues well after those years have ended.

Empirical findings, case examples, and dispatches from emerging areas of the field illuminate representative issues across the continuum of women's lives with the goal of more effective care benefitting women and their families. Chapter authors discuss advances in areas such as fertility treatment and contraception, and present current thinking on the psychological impact of pregnancy loss, menopause, cancer, and other stressors. These expert contributors emphasize the connections between an individual's biology and psychology and cultural expectations in shaping women's mental health, and the balance between a client's unique history and current clinical knowledge clinicians need to address disorders. Included in the coverage:

  • The experience of puberty and emotional wellbeing.
  • Body image issues and eating disorders in the childbearing years.
  • Risk assessment and screening during pregnancy.
  • Normal and pathological postpartum anxiety.
  • Mood disorders and the transition to menopause.
  • The evolution of reproductive psychiatry.

A reference with an extended shelf life, Women's Reproductive Mental Health across the Lifespan enhances the work of researchers and practitioners in social work, clinical psychology, and psychiatry, and has potential relevance to all health care professionals.


Contents:

PART I. THE EARLY YEARS.- 1.Pre and Perinatal Influences on Female Mental Health.- 2.Girls in Between: Social, Emotional, Physical and SexualDevelopment in Context.- 3.Menstruation and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: Its Impact on Mood.- PART II. THE REPRODUCTIVE YEARS.- 4.The Psychological Gestation of Motherhood.- 5.Screening and Risk Assessment for Perinatal Mood Disorders.- 6.Postpartum Adjustment: What’s Normal and What’s Not.- 7.Chronic Mental Illness in Pregnancy and the Postpartum.- 8.Does Psychiatric Diagnosis Affect Fertility Outcomes?.- 9.The Reproductive Story: Dealing with Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Other Perinatal Demise.- 10.Birth Trauma:The Causes and Consequences of Childbirth-Related Trauma and PTSD.- PART III. THE LATER YEARS.- 11.Babies at 40: Is the Biological Clock Really Ticking?.- 12.Risk Factors for Depression during Perimenopause.- PART IV. ACROSS THE LIFESPAN.- 13.  Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan: From Menstruation to Menopause.- 14.Hormonal Contraception and its Impact on Women’s Moods.- 15.The Impact of Reproductive Cancers on Women’s Mental Health.- 16.The Role of Reproductive Psychiatry in Women’s Mental Health.       


PRODUCT DETAILS

ISBN-13: 9783319051161
Publisher: Springer (Springer International Publishing)
Publication date: June, 2014
Pages: 275

Subcategories: Psychiatry, Psychology

MEET THE AUTHOR

Diana Lynn Barnes, Psy.D, LMFT, is an internationally recognized expert on women’s reproductive mental health. A past president of Postpartum Support International, she currently sits on their President’s Advisory Council. She is a member of both the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force and the statewide California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. In 2009, she co-founded “The Motherhood Consortium,” an interdisciplinary network of professionals working with mothers, infants and young families. Dr. Barnes frequently consults with defense counsel on cases of infanticide, neonaticide, pregnancy denial, child abuse and neglect. The co-author of The journey to parenthood: Myths, reality and what really matters, Dr. Barnes is a fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association, and a clinical fellow of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She is the 2009 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Eli Lilly Foundation for her contribution to the field of child-bearing mood-related illness. Dr. Barnes maintains a private practice in Sherman Oaks, California.