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Reproductive Psychiatry: An Overview

  • Authors: Author: Shaila Misri, MD, FRCPC, Xanthoula Kostaras, BSc
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Target Audience and Goal Statement

This activity is intended for psychiatrists, mental health practitioners, primary care physicians, health practitioners and registered nurses.

The goal of this activity is to outline the important issues in the care of women who experience mood disorders related to their reproductive cycle. Specifically, premenstruum, pregnancy, postpartum, and perimenopause are times of increased vulnerability. It is important for the mental health and health provider to be aware of these special problems and disorders.

On completion of this continuing medical education offering, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the various psychiatric disorders that occur in relation to women's reproductive cycles

  2. Review the current clinical assessments and epidemiologic data for reproductive disorders with psychiatric. manifestations.

  3. Delineate the current treatment modalities that are available for psychiatric disorders related to the reproductive issues in women.


  • Xanthoula Kostaras, BSc

    Xanthoula Kostaras, Research Assistant, Department of Reproductive Mental Health Program, St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia.


    Disclosure: Xanthoula Kostaras, BSc, has so significant financial interests to disclose.

  • Shaila Misri, MD, FRCPC

    Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia; Director, Reproductive Mental Health Program, St. Paul's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


    Disclosure: Shaila Misri, MD, FRCPC, has disclosed that she receives funding for clinical grants from SmithKline Beecham. She is a member of the speakers' bureau for SmithKline Beecham.

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Reproductive Psychiatry: An Overview



Reproductive Mental Health is an important subspecialty in the field of psychiatry. It is likely that most psychiatrists will encounter mood disorders in pregnant and postpartum women in their practice at some time, given that this specific time in a woman's life is in itself a high risk factor. PMDD and perimenopause are also important physiological and psychological milestones in a woman's life, which are associated with fluctuating hormones and a myriad of social changes. By recognizing the various contributing factors and risks associated with mood disorders, and by offering timely and appropriate treatment, a healthy outcome is more likely for both the woman and her family.