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Womens Health (Lond). 2012 Mar;8(2):215-24. doi: 10.2217/whe.11.97.

Women and psychosis.

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University of Toronto and Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada. mary.seeman@utoronto.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There are subtle differences in the presentation of psychosis that depend on the biological sex of the person exhibiting the symptoms. Because much of the early research in the field was conducted on male animals and on men, several issues of importance to women have been relatively neglected until recently. Current research into psychotic illness is beginning to analyze results for men and women separately and greater emphasis on qualitative methods has allowed the experiences of women patients to be documented.

METHODS:

The last decade of research into the many facets of psychosis in women were reviewed for this paper by introducing the relevant search terms into PubMed, PsycINFO and SOCINDEX.

RESULTS:

Subtle differences are reported in several areas, with important ramifications for treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:

It is important for service providers to devise treatment programs that address the different needs of the two sexes. Effective treatment of women with psychosis is especially important in that these women are often mothers, whose well being impacts on the health of the next generation.

PMID:
22375723
DOI:
10.2217/whe.11.97
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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