Product Code: 3900
ISBN: 9780807029251
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published Date: 08/15/2003
Pages: 416
Availability:In stock
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Price: $24.95

Drawing on the latest thinking in psychiatry and psychology, written for women of diverse backgrounds, The Complete Guide to Mental Health for Women begins with Part One, the life cycle, helping women understand the major issues and biological changes associated with young adulthood, middle age, and old age. Specific entries address the psychological importance of women's sexuality, relationships, motherhood, childlessness, trauma, and illness and discuss how social contexts, such as poverty and racism, inevitably affect mental health.

Part Two explores specific mental disorders, including those, like postpartum depression, related to times when women are particularly vulnerable to mental illness. Part Three takes a closer look at biological treatments-including the use of antidepressants, and various types of psychotherapy-from cognitive behavioral treatments to EMDR and beyond. The Complete Guide to Mental Health for Women ends with a section on life enhancements-because the activities that help us live fuller, more vital lives are also essential to our mental health.

A Beacon Press book.


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Introduction

PART ONE: PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LIFE CYCLE
Lifestages
Late Adolescence and Early Adulthood
Pregnancy as a Life Passage
Living with Infertility
Becoming a Mother
Adoption
Choosing Childlessness
Issues for Women in Middle Age
The Fires of Menopause
Older Adulthood
A Guide to Grief and Bereavement

Life Issues: Sexuality
How Do We Define Sexual Health for Women?
Female Sexuality

Life Issues: Traumatic Experience
Women and Trauma
Domestic Violence
Sexual Abuse and Rape
Child Abuse, Neglect, and Maltreatment
Terrorism
The Impact of Chronic and Debilitating Illnesses on Women's Mental Health

Social Contexts for Mental Health
Poverty
Racism and Mental Health

PART TWO: MENTAL DISORDERS
Disorders across the Life Cycle
Anxiety Disorders
Depressive Disorders
Bipolar Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Body Image
Eating Disorders and Disconnections
Women and Addiction
Schizophrenia

Disorders Relating to the Life Cycle
Marriage and Motherhood
Postpartum Depression
Menopause and Psychiatric Illness
Aging and Its Effects on Mood, Memory, the Brain, and Hormones

PART THREE: GETTING HELP
Table: Psychotropic Medications
Biological Treatments Antidepressants
Antianxiety Medications
Mood Stabilizers
Antipsychotic Medications
Polypharmacy
Medications in Pregnancy
Complementary Treatments for Depression and Anxiety

Psychotherapeutic Treatments
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Insight-Orientated Psychotherapy
Group Psychotherapy with Women
Mechanics of Treatment
How to Find and Choose a Therapist
What to Expect from Ethical Psychotherapy
Questions to Ask a Psychiatrist

PART FOUR: LIFE ENHANCEMENTS
The Importance of Exercise and Physical Activity for Women
Stress Management for Women
Play
Women and Spirituality

Suggested Reading
Contributors
Index
"This timely book presents a broad range of information related to mental health from a woman's point of view. For far too long, psychiatry used "male" as the norm, presenting women as "less than." With friendly, well-informed, voices, it helps to rectify that bias. This excellent volume is a welcome resource for women. " -Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D., author of Lay My Burden Down: Unraveling Suicide and the Mental Health Crisis among African-Americans
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