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Gender and Psychopathology

Edited by Mary V. Seeman, M.D.

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Gender and Psychopathology explores the gender differences in psychiatric syndromes in terms of symptoms, courses of illness, epidemiology, and treatment responses. The book addresses the reasons for the differences from many competing and additive points of view by distinguished multidisciplinary contributors. This text includes comprehensive up-to-date DSM-IV categories of illness for the male-female differences in psychiatric disorders.

Depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders, somatoform disorders, sleep disorders, and addictions are among the topics explored. Those interested in specific issues can read particular chapters of interest because each chapter is complete in itself. This is the first book to explore gender differences in psychopathology. Gender and Psychopathology will be informative and useful to students, researchers, and mental health clinicians of all disciplines.


  • Gender, development, and psychopathology: a revised psychodynamic view. Multiple personality and gender: a historical approach. Psychopathology and non-Mendelian inheritance. Epidemiology and theories of gender differences in unipolar depression. Gender differences in mood disorders: a clinical focus. Gender differences in the prevalence and expression of anxiety disorders. Gender, brain, and schizophrenia: anatomy of differences/differences of anatomy. The impact of gender on understanding the epidemiology of schizophrenia. Gender and the familial transmission of schizophrenia. Gender differences in treatment response in schizophrenia. Gender differences in eating disorders. Gender differences in sleep disorders. Gender differences in somatoform disorders. Alcohol and other psychoactive substance dependence in women and men. Health care provision for men and women. Conclusion. Index.

About the Authors

Mary V. Seeman, M.D., C.M., F.R.C.P.C., is Head of the Schizophrenia Program at the University of Toronto; and Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto, Ontario.

This is a worthwhile text for those interested in studying ways in which psychopathology can differ between men and women, such as prevalence, age at onset, expression of symptoms, course, severity, treatment response, and risk factors. Many chapters in this edited book focus nicely on the why as well as the what of these differences.—Archives of Sexual Behavior

Although the etiology of the many differences between male and female remains elusive, the authors' review of the contribution of classical psychoanalysis and other research on the developmental pathways of men and women serves as a useful introduction and foundation to the book. This collection of essays . . . . is a useful resource for clinicians seeking to understand their patients better.—JAMA

Mary Seeman's edited volume on gender and psychopathology is destined to become a classic. Scholarly, immensely readable, and thorough, this compendium of writings by researchers and clinicians provides a state-of-the-art summary of what is hypothesized, what is known, and what remains to be investigated about the interaction of psychiatric disease and gender.—Psychiatric Times

This book provides an integrative overview of the theoretical framework and evidentiary support for the relationship between gender and psychopathology. Its balance between psychodynamic thinking and biological research is excellent. Its contents are comprehensive. Dr. Seeman has done an excellent job of assembling her authors and supervising their efforts. This book will become the standard reference in the field.—Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., Andrew H. Woods Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Mental Health Clinical Research Center, Iowa City, Iowa

That Gender and Psychopathology is certain to become a basic sourcebook in the study of male-female differences in psychiatric disease in no way diminishes the volume's attractiveness. Novices and sophisticated scientists alike will appreciate the excellent bibliographies that accompany these chapters. The book truly represents a milestone in the psychiatric literature.—Leona L. Bachrach, Ph.D., Research Professor of Psychiatry, Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

T]he chapters that follow are well-written, well-referenced reviews of our best understanding of the biological, psychological, and sociocultural contributions of gender to mental illness. . . . [I]t is an excellent reference, and would be a welcome addition to any library.—General Hospital Psychiatry

While we wish to know more, it tells us what we do know, gives us the references, and points us in the right direction. For those who are capable of learning, it will serve as an important corrective to our blindness and lead us to the light.—The New England Journal of Medicine

This book, although written for mental health professionals, is suitable for primary care clinicians as well as those interested in clinical research. Dr. Seeman points out in her introduction that the chapters are arranged loosely and that one can read any essay in any order. She has done a fine job in this book.—The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

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