Mood Disorders in Women

By Becker, Daniel | The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, January 1, 2002 | Go to article overview

Mood Disorders in Women


Becker, Daniel, The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences


Mood Disorders in Women Edited by Meir Steiner, Kimberly A. Yonkers and Elias Eriksson Martin Dunitz, London, 2000. Hard cover, 573 pp., $99.95

According to the authors, this book was written for all "healthcare professionals" and particularly psychiatrists, as is clear from the focus on the biological substrate and clinical features of mood disorders in women. It is very comprehensive, and includes subjects beyond the restricted sense of the book's title. In addition to expected issues such as bipolar and dysthymic disorders in women, it discusses disorders unique to women, yet not exclusively mood disorders, such as premenstrual symptoms and postpartum psychiatric syndromes. There are chapters that deal with issues related to women's treatment, for instance, the use of psychiatric medications during breast-feeding, and conditions associated with women, such as eating disorders and seasonal affective disorders. The cultural aspects of gender and how it influences the evolving of mood disorders is discussed as well as the neuroanatomical sex differences, the neurochemistry and the influence of oestrogens and progestins on mood.

The influence of gender in depression in the elderly, personality disorders and substance abuse are presented, although the discussion is more on these topics in general than the sex differences, probably reflecting the incomplete knowledge of these subjects. …

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