Academic journal article Alcoholism and Psychiatry Research

Psychopathology in Women; Incorporating Gender Perspective into Descriptive Psychopathology

Academic journal article Alcoholism and Psychiatry Research

Psychopathology in Women; Incorporating Gender Perspective into Descriptive Psychopathology

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Title: Psychopathology in Women; Incorporating Gender Perspective into Descriptive Psychopathology Edited by: Margarita Sáenz-Herrero ISBN: 978-3-319-05869-6 eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-05870-2 Publisher: Springer International Publishing, 2015 Number of pages: XXII, 741

Gender has a fundamental influence on the human brain, not only by virtue of biological and hormonal differences between the sexes but also because of the impact of genderspecific cultural, social, anthropological and environmental factors. Nevertheless, the relation of gender and psychopathology remains a largely neglected field. Gender perspective has been treated as a paradigm in this book on psychopathology because it determines the way in which a psychiatric symptom is defined, perceived and understood. There are 33 chapters grouped in four main parts. The first part describes the general aspects of women's mental health around the world. The second part includes the anthropology of gender and the body, together with the cult of the body in Western society, underlining its repercussions for women, the body, and language, with the latter understood in Heideggerian terms as the medium that lives within us and shapes us; the body and gender as a nuclear element in constructing an individual's identity and, more specifically, in constructing female identity; the female body over the course of history and its medicalization and removal from public life; the body and corporality according to psychopathology, postmodern bodies; and body image, providing the global, complex vision that is the construction of human identity and, in particular, female identity. In the third part, differences between male and female subjects in diverse aspects of the clinical manifestations of depressive disorders, as well as biological, cognitive, and social factors that attempt to explain gender differences in adolescent depression, are reviewed. …

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