Women’s Mental Health

Women often have unique mental health needs. Hormonal changes, pregnancy, and menopause can all be triggers for psychiatric symptoms like depression and anxiety. Luckily, women are more likely than men to seek help, but there are many women who assume their symptoms are “normal” and suffer in silence. A women’s health psychiatrist can help you figure out if your symptoms are “normal” and make recommendations about your treatment options, including healthy lifestyle, psychotherapy, and medications. If you have had mental health problems and are thinking about getting pregnant, a women’s health psychiatrist can help you with preconception counseling. This counseling helps women understand what to expect during and after pregnancy, and can help women make difficult decisions about whether or not to take psychiatric medications during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.

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