n South African Psychiatry Review - Reproductive hormones as psychotropic agents? : viewpoint

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1811-7805



The female preponderance in unipolar mood and anxiety disorders is well documented, with a double to triple lifetime prevalence compared to males. Much of this increased vulnerability is in the childbearing years. Hormones are a tempting explanation, although other biochemical factors such as cytokines may also be important. Psychosocial factors are clearly involved, including role issues.

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