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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Psychiatry

Advisor

Dr.Tom Colleti

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to raise awareness of the issues girls and women face throughout their lifespans when it pertains to mental health and psychotropic medication.

Method: A PubMed literature search was conducted with search terms such as ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) , menarche, pregnancy, peripartum, women, menopause, psychotropic medication, and mental illness. Pertinent articles were retrieved and served as the basis for this clinical review.

Results: Mental health may affect women at every stage of life, from menarche to peripartum, to menopause, and the method of treatment may matter more than previously thought.

Conclusion: There are many ways of treating mental illness. The first step would be the recognition of mental illness in women. After that, research has shown that both therapy and psychotropic medications may have a positive effect depending on what the client is suffering from. Some hormones may play a role in mood fluctuation which can be treated with therapy and medication. More research is needed to ascertain precisely what effects psychotropic medications may have on the pregnant patient as well as on perimenopausal women.

Keywords: ASD, Menarche, Women, perimenopause, psychotropic medication, mental illness

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