Women's Mental Health

At certain points in the female reproductive cycle, women are at higher risk for mood and anxiety disorders. The distinct hormonal and physiological changes that occur prior to each menstrual period, during pregnancy, following childbirth, and during perimenopause (the transitional years preceding menopause), can influence “chemicals” in the brain that affect mood. Minor mood disturbances at these times are not uncommon, but more serious and disabling conditions can also develop. Women and teens with a history of mood and anxiety disorders are particularly vulnerable. For a detailed discussion of mental health conditions in women of reproductive age and beyond, visit www.womensmentalhealth.org.

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