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.
Foreword; 1. Pubertal development and the mergence of the gender gap in mood disorders: a developmental and evolutionary synthesis Nicholas B. Allen, Anna Barrett, Lisa Sheeber and Betsy Davis; 2. Borderline personality disorder: sex differences Andrew M. Chanen; 3. Substance use and abuse in women Clare Gerada, Kristy Joyhns, Amanda Baker and David Castle; 4. Anxiety disorders in women Heather B. Howell, David Castle and Kimberley Yonkers; 5. Posttraumatic stress disorder in women Mark Creamer and Jessica Carty; 6. Domestic violence and its impact on mood disorder in women: implications for mental health workers Alison L. Warburton and Kathryn M. Abel; 7. Depression in women: hormonal influences Kathryn M. Abel and Jausahri Kulkarni; 8. Anxiety and mood disorders in pregnancy and the post-partum period Anne Buist, Lori Ross and Meir Steiner; 9. Pharmacological treatment of anxiety and depression in pregnancy and lactation Seetal Dodd, Jane Opie and Michael Berk; 10. Bipolar affective disorder: special issues for women Shaila Misri, Diane Carter and Ruth M. Little 11. Mood and menopause Lorraine Dennerstein and Jeanne Leventhal Alexander; 12. Anxiety and depression in women in old age Robert C. Baldwin and Jane Garner; Index.