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J Affect Disord. 1993 Oct-Nov;29(2-3):193-200.

The menstrual cycle and mood disorders.

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Department of Research Assessment and Training, New York State Psychiatric Institute, NY 10032.


Greater attention to the possible effects of the menstrual cycle on the course of mood disorders in women has revealed that, at least for a subset of women with mood disorders, the premenstrual phase of the cycle may be a period of increased vulnerability for the appearance of a period of severe depression or for the worsening of an ongoing period of depression. The data supporting this conclusion and the implications for future research is summarized and discussed.

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