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Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health

Vivien K. Burt, M.D., Ph.D., and Victoria C. Hendrick, M.D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-186-6
  • Item #62186


This comprehensive update of the popular second edition of the authors' Concise Guide to Women's Mental Health provides the latest evidence-based medical and psychiatric facts related to the assessment and treatment of women with psychiatric disorders—particularly as women pass through reproductive transitions or experience hormonal challenges—reviewing the ways in which these times are integral to gender-sensitive case formulations, diagnoses, and treatment planning.

The Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health emphasizes evidence-based medicine and reflects the authors' expanding clinical experience. Key features include

  • Extensively revised chapters on the use of psychiatric medications during pregnancy and breast-feeding, abortion and contraception, and the use of hormones during menopause.
  • A meticulous review of the use of psychopharmacological agents to treat women at important reproductive transition points.
  • Numerous and thorough references and citations from the latest peer-reviewed journals.
  • More than 50 carefully annotated tables and charts—especially those on the use of psychiatric medications in pregnancy and breast-feeding.
  • Summary passages that enable readers to quickly gain access to important evidence-based data that will inform their practice.

Asserting that a multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach—one that incorporates both psychotherapy and careful attention to social needs—is integral to successful treatment, the authors of Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health discuss the latest data on women's mental health, including premenstrual dysphoric disorder, hormonal contraception and effects on mood, mood/anxiety/psychotic disorders during pregnancy and postpartum, the effect of breast-feeding on the treatment of postpartum disorders, perimenopause and menopause, postmenopause, psychological implications of infertility, abortion and miscarriage, female-specific cancers, and gender issues in the treatment of mental illness.

Easily accessed by clinicians at every level of medicine, psychiatry, obstetrics-gynecology, psychology, and social work, the Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health is best used as an ancillary text for students, interns, residents, and graduated clinicians and researchers in psychiatry, family medicine, internal medicine, internal medicine subspecialties, and obstetrics-gynecology.

Finally, lay women with psychiatric conditions who wish to better understand how they can make wise decisions regarding their care and well-being as they face important issues such as pregnancy, breast-feeding, and hormone therapy will welcome this updated edition of the Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health.


  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Chapter 3. Hormonal Contraception and Effects on Mood
  • Chapter 4. Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy
  • Chapter 5. Postpartum Psychiatric Disorders
  • Chapter 6. Induced Abortion and Pregnancy Loss
  • Chapter 7. Infertility: Psychological Implications of Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Chapter 8. Perimenopause and Menopause
  • Chapter 9. Gender Issues in the Treatment of Mental Illness
  • Chapter 10. Female-Specific Cancers
  • Appendix: Resources and Support Groups
  • Index

About the Authors

Vivien K. Burt, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Founder and Director of the Women's Life Center of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital.

Victoria Hendrick, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and the Olive View - UCLA Medical Center.

The Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health offers essential ‘need to know’ information for significant questions of assessment and treatment encountered by practitioners on a daily basis. Covering the full span of biological and psychosocial concerns, these well written chapters and concise tables provide easy access to authoritative guidance for addressing psychiatric difficulties associated with menstrual cycles, contraception, infertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, perimenopause, and cancer, as well as special implications for women of all of the major psychiatric disorders. You can be sure that this book will be within arm's reach in my office.—Joel Yager, M.D., Professor & Vice Chair, Education & Academic Affairs, Univ of New Mexico School of Med; Professor Emeritus, Dept of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sci, David Geffen School of Med, UCLA

The Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health builds upon Burt and Hendrick's tradition: providing accurate, essential information clearly and concisely. Covering both mental health aspects of female reproductive function, and female-specific issues in the treatment of major mental illnesses, this volume is an excellent reference for medical and other mental health students and practitioners.—Nada L Stotland, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois

The Clinical Manual of Women's Mental Health is a ‘must have’ for every clinician's desktop—a clear, concise update on topics ranging from premenstrual dysphoric disorder through female-specific cancers. Particularly valuable are the sections on psychiatric medications in pregnant and breastfeeding women and the use of hormones at menopause.—Mary V. Seeman, M.D., DSc, F.R.C.P., Professor Emerita, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

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