This is a comprehensive, up-to-date and evidence-based review of women's mental health. It starts by considering the social and cultural contexts of women's lives today before addressing how developmental aspects pertain to mental health, exploring biological, evolutionary and psychosocial parameters. The heart of the book contains a series of chapters with a clinical emphasis. These aim to elucidate causal mechanisms for gender differences in mental disorder considering hormonal and environmental influences. The therapeutic implications of gender are then addressed in some detail, with a focus on inter-partner and other forms of violence, substance misuse, personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The book concludes with a detailed section considering psychosis and its sequelae in women and their families. The book's scope is intended to be broad, and it is aimed at a clinical audience including psychiatrists and general physicians, as well as mental health nurses, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists.
• Amalgam and expansion of two highly successful volumes, providing broad but practical coverage of topics
• Considers broader social and cultural aspects of women's lives making it relevant for a global perspective on women's mental health
• Includes chapters on life stages pertinent to women, such as pregnancy and the post-partum period
• Written by leading experts from around the globe
Jennie Williams, Gilli Watson, Dawn Edge, Dinesh Bhugra, Peter V. Rabins, Kathryn M. Abel, Alya Elmadih, Anthony P. Auger, Bernice Knight, Peter Carpenter, Dheeraj Rai, Nicholas B. Allen, Melissa D. Latham, Anna Barrett, Lisa Sheeber, Betsy Davis, Michael C. Craig, Ester di Giacomo, Carmine M. Pariante, Angelika Wieck, Simone N. Vigod, Anne Buist, Meir Steiner, Margareta Reis, Andrew M. Chanen, Katherine Thompson, Sandra Flynn, Naomi Humber, Annie Bartlett, Jenny Shaw, Roxane Agnew-Davies, Sally Marlow Emily Finch, Serafino G. Mancuso, Andrea Phillipou, Susan L. Rossell, David J. Castle, Darryl Wade, Susan Fletcher, Jessica Carty, Mark Creamer, Kimberly A. Yonkers, Heather Howell, Katherine Sevar, John Kelly Timothy G. Dinan, Robert C. Baldwin, Jane Garner, Shaila Misri, Jasmin Abizadeh, Arjun Nanda, Jill M. Goldstein, Nicky Stanley, Shubulade Smith, Fiona Gaughran, Eleanor Curran, Nicola T. Lautenschlager, Cynthia A. Munro, Susan W. Lehmann