Mental Illness in Women-There is increasing evidence supporting the interactive roles of the systems in the brain regulating mood and hormones.
- Depression is twice as common in women as men, and most prevalent during a woman’s reproductive years.
- Post partum mental illnesses such as depression and psychosis are becoming more widely recognized and studied.
- Premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder are also recognized as legitimate illnesses that significantly impact a woman’s quality of life.
- There is an increased incidence of depression in some women who have never had depression before during the transition to menopause.
Women who are suffering from psychiatric or emotional symptoms during their reproductive years can benefit from expert opinion about the role that hormones might play and the latest information about appropriate treatments. Women who are pregnant and post partum need information about treatment options during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is important for mental health professionals to work together with a woman’s obstetrician during pregnancy. If you are experiencing any of these issues contact your mental health professional or call me at 843-881-6616 for an appointment.