The Menopausal Transition
Interface between Gynecology and Psychiatry
Editor(s): Soares C.N. (Hamilton, Ont.)
Warren M. (New York, N.Y.)
Publication year: 2009
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Key Issues in Mental Health , Vol. 175
Editor(s): Riecher-Rössler A. (Basel)
Sartorius N. (Geneva)
VIII + 150 p., 9 fig., 4 in color, 5 tab., hard cover, 2009
Written by experts, this book brings together the knowledge gained on the menopausal transition from clinical experience and medical research. Topics like ‘what to expect’ from the menopausal transition, sexuality, sociocultural changes, impact of life stressors, and emergence of depression are discussed. The physiology of thermoregulation and the occurrence of hot flashes are reviewed for a better understanding of vasomotor complaints. Another chapter offers an update on hormonal and nonhormonal treatment strategies by presenting an overview of the management of mood and anxiety during the menopausal transition. The emergence of psychotic symptoms associated with peri- and postmenopausal changes in sex hormone levels is also addressed. Lastly, the book includes an excellent review on the pros and cons of hormonal therapy in the post-Women’s Health Initiative era.
This book is a must for gynecologists, psychiatrists, endocrinologists, epidemiologists involved in the clinical care of mature women as well as researchers and students interested in obtaining an up-to-date overview of this topic.