n South African Psychiatry Review - Reproductive hormones as psychotropic agents? : viewpoint
|Article Title||Reproductive hormones as psychotropic agents? : viewpoint|
|© Publisher:||In House Publications|
|Journal||South African Psychiatry Review|
|Author||Michael Berk and Dan Stein|
|Publication Date||May 2002|
|Pages||20 - 22|
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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