Clinical Updates in Women’s Health Care Summary: Mood and Anxiety Disorders

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Abstract

The management of psychiatric disorders in women is complicated by reproductive life cycle events. Psychiatric disorders can be initiated or exacerbated during times of hormonal change (such as menarche, the premenstrual period, the postpartum period, and perimenopause), and during the childbearing years, treatment is complicated by pregnancy and breastfeeding. These issues make determining the appropriate psychiatric medications to use in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in women complex. This monograph addresses practical approaches in the provision of thorough and individualized care for women with mood or anxiety disorders.

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