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Description - Gender and its Effects on Psychopathology by American Psychopathological Association

Starting in embryonic development, gender has profound influences on us. Endocrine receptors in the brain affect cognition, mood, and behavior differently in males and females, and gender roles inevitably affect our psychosocial experiences. It should be no surprise that men and women have differences in vulnerability for developing many forms of psychopathology, in expression of symptoms and in response to treatment. Gender and Its Effect on Psychopathology examines the gender differences in psychopathology, including susceptibility to psychiatric disorders, the timing of their onset, their course, and their response to treatment. Dr. Ellen Frank and colleagues show how studying these differences helps clinicians in predicting patients' responses to treatment. This book reviews * The types of depression to which women are prone, the hormonal basis of mood disorders in women, and the specific clinical phenomenology of reproduction-related depressions* Findings on how gender difference in socialization affect the development and symptoms of psychiatric disorders* Studies hormonal and pubertal changes that may explain the rise in rates for depression among females relative to males between ages 10 and 15 years* Epidemiological findings on the prevalence of depression among women and discusses plausible explanations for these findings* Gender differences in antisocial and borderline personality disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and substance dependence A synopsis of current research on gender differences, Gender and Its Effects on Psychopathology provides practitioners with invaluable insight into understanding and treating patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780880487986
ISBN-10: 0880487984
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 332
Imprint: American Psychiatric Press Inc.
Publisher: American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - American Psychopathological Association

Ellen Frank, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.