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.
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.
ContributorsIntroductionSection I: Etiological MechanismsChapter 1. Hormonal basis of mood disorders in womenChapter 2. Gender and dimensions of the self: Implications for internalization and externalization behaviorChapter 3. Gender-Specific Etiologies for Antisocial and Borderline Personality Disorders?Section II: Mood and Anxiety DisordersChapter 4. Gender Differences in Major Depression: Epidemiological FindingsChapter 5. Pubertal Changes and Adolescent Challenges: Why Do Rates of Depression Rise Precipitously for Girls Between Ages 10 and 15 Years?Chapter 6. Gender Differences in Response to Treatments of DepressionChapter 7. Gender Differences in Major Depression: The Role of AnxietyChapter 8. Gender Differences in Anxiety Disorders: Clinical ImplicationsSection III: SchizophreniaChapter 9. Gender and Schizophrenia: An OverviewChapter 10. Gender Differences in First-Episode SchizophreniaSection IV: Substance Abuse and DependenceChapter 11. Gender Differences in the Epidemiology of Substance Dependence in the United StatesChapter 12. Gender Effects in Gene--Environment Interactions in Substance AbuseChapter 13. Gender differences in the effects of opiates and cocaine: implications for treatmentIndex