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A Nurse's Guide to Women's Mental Health

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A Nurse's Guide to Women's Mental Health

SKU# 9780826171139

Author: Michele R. Davidson PhD, CNM, CFN, RN

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Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title!

2012 Third Place AJN Book of the Year Award Winner in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing!

This is a great resource for any nurse working with women."--Score: 94, 4 Stars. Doody's Medical Reviews

This is a quick-access clinical guide to the range of mental health issues and diagnoses that commonly affect women across the life span. It focuses on the unique biopsychosocial factors that make women especially vulnerable to psychological disorders and emphasizes key stressors specific to women that are precursors to mental illness. Frequent headings and bulleted, concise presentation of information facilitates reading.

In addition to discussing mental health issues specific to women, the guide covers unique populations such as disabled women, lesbian and transgendered women, female veterans, women with forensic health concerns, and women who have been the object of violence. Chapters also address childbearing issues, including menstruation-related problems, infertility and its psychological implications, and antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum psychological disorders. Developmental milestones, the impact of culture on mental illness, and global health issues are covered as well. Tables and charts present key facts in an easy-to-read format.

Key Features:

  • Provides a concise, easy-to-use guide to women's mental health issues across the life span for new and seasoned nurse practitioners
  • Focuses on stressors unique to women as precursors of mental illness
  • Delivers commonly occurring DSM-IV disorders in women, using a consistent format that includes etiology, assessment, and drug and behavioral therapeutic approaches
  • Discusses preconception and childbearing issues, the impact of violence, female veterans, disabled women, lesbian women, and transgendered women

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 22, 2012
  • Page Count 376
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826171139
  • EISBN 9780826171146

Table of Contents 

I. Introduction to Women's Mental Health

1. Statistics on Mental Health in Women

2. Stressors Affecting Women

3. Role of Culture and Mental Illness

4. Violence against Women

II. Special Populations in Women's Mental Health

5. Childhood and Adolescence

6. Mental Health for the Aging Woman 7. Physical Disabilities and Mental Health

8. Lesbian and Transgender Women

9. Female Veterans

10. Women and Forensic Mental Health Issues

III. Childbearing and Women's Health Issues

11. Menstrual-Related Issues

12. Infertility and Psychological Implications

13. Antepartum and Intrapartum Psychological Issues

14. Postpartum Mood Disorders and Lactation Issues

IV. Psychiatric Issues Common to Women

15. Anxiety Disorders

16. Mood Disorders

17. Eating Disorders

18. Grief and Loss

19. Personality and Dissociative Disorders

20. Schizophrenia

21. Psychotic Disorders

22. Sexual Dysfunction

23. Sleep Disorders

24. Substance Abuse Disorders