Academic journal article Alcoholism and Psychiatry Research

The Menopausal Transition Interface between Psychiatry and Gynecology

Academic journal article Alcoholism and Psychiatry Research

The Menopausal Transition Interface between Psychiatry and Gynecology

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The Menopausal Transition Interface between Psychiatry and Gynecology Editors: C. Soares, M. Warren Karger, 2009, Basel Switzerland ISBN 978-3-8055-9101-0

The interplay between hormones, physiologic changes and psychological symptoms across the female life cycle poses a special challenge to health care professionals.

Women are proved to be particularly vulnerable to the development of psychiatric conditions during certain periods in their life mat are marked by intense and often chaotic hormone variations, and by changes in social, family and professional roles as well.

This book comprises the knowledge gained on die menopausal transition from clinical experience and medical research. It begins with a detailed description of me menopausal transition and what changes women should expect in this period of life. Relationships between menopause and increased risk for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases are discussed in me first chapter.

The following chapter covers changes in sexuality during menopausal transition, mentioning both different types of sexual dysfunction and possible interventions which may help women to reue ve some of their problems.

The book further points at me importance of interaction of biological and sociocultural factors and how they modulate a woman's experience of symptoms.

A great part of mis book is dedicated to me psychiatric morbidity in menopausal women. Nonhormonal factors are me first to be dealt with, including low socioeconomic status, life stressors, inadequate social support, vulnerable personality traits, medical conditions, vasomotor symptoms, psychiatric and healm history, reproductive-related factors, childhood abuse and family history and genetics. …

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