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An indispensable home reference for women, from the college years to old age

The Complete Guide to Mental Health For Women is designed to help women take control of their mental health, whether their concern is a specific disorder or simply the psychological stresses of a life in transition. Within an accessible format that includes tables, charts, and comprehensive lists, over fifty experts provide the most up-to-date information on the entire range of women's mental health issues, including:

ADDICTION
ANXIETY
BIPOLAR DISORDER
DEPRESSION
EATING DISORDERS
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY
LIFE ISSUES FROM SEXUALITY TO RELATIONSHIPS
TO TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE AND ILLNESS
POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY
PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC TREATMENTS, FROM EMDR AND
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY TO TRADITIONAL
INSIGHT THERAPY
MENTAL HEALTH EFFECTS OF RACISM AND POVERTY
QUESTIONS TO ASK A PSYCHOLOGIST OR PSYCHIATRIST
TRAUMA

Drawing on the latest thinking in psychiatry and psychology, and written for women of diverse backgrounds, this trade reference guide to women's mental health provides a comprehensive and readable overview to the psychological
issues that concern women most. Arguing that women want and need to understand their mental health as more than a question of disorder or normality, it begins with the life cycle, helping women understand the major issues and biological changes associated with young adulthood, middle age, and old age. The Complete Guide to Mental Health for Women also
specifically addresses the psychological importance of women's sexuality and relationships, and discusses how social contexts, such as poverty and racism, 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 treatments, including the use of antidepressants and other drugs, 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 that discusses some of the activities that can help us live fuller lives.

Lauren Slater, Ed.D., is a psychologist and Knight-Ridder Science Journalist Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of Love Works Like This, Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir, Prozac Diary, and Welcome to My Country. Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., is director of training in psychology at Children's Hospital, Boston, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, and past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women in the American Psychological Association. Amy
Banks,M.D., is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute.

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