Psychiatric Conditions in Women during Reproductive Transitions

Helen G. Kim, Nancy Raymond, Susan G. Kornstein, Michelle B. Riba

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Women have higher rates of major depression compared to men in every age group with peak rates during the reproductive years. Hormonal changes around delivery and during the perimenopausal transition contribute to mood and anxiety problems in a subset of women who are prone to psychiatric symptoms during hormonal shifts. In addition to this biological vulnerability, psychosocial risk factors and intervening life events are key factors in increasing women's risk for psychiatric illness. This chapter will focus on psychiatric conditions during important reproductive transitions in women including pregnancy, postpartum and perimenopause.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPsychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780470065716
StatePublished - Aug 8 2008


  • Breastfeeding
  • Depression
  • Lactation
  • Menopause
  • Perimenopause
  • Postpartum
  • Postpartum depression
  • Pregnancy
  • Reproductive psychiatry
  • Women's mental health


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