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The Psychoses of Menstruation and Childbearing

The Psychoses of Menstruation and Childbearing

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  • Date Published: August 2017
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107113602

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  • Childbearing, from the standpoint of psychological medicine, is the most complex event in human experience. Of the dozens of disorders that affect the generative process, or are unleashed as complications, many fall under the heading of 'psychoses' - profound disturbances of thought, perception, cognition and behaviour. These psychoses disrupt personal and family life at a critical time. Reviewing the wide range of psychoses that complicate the reproductive process, Ian Brockington proposes radical changes to the concepts of postpartum and menstrual psychoses, with suggestions for fresh research initiatives. Armed with this comprehensive knowledge and wielding a raft of interventions, many women can be restored to health and their vital roles in the family and community. When the risk factors are known, multidisciplinary preventive strategies can transform the lives of vulnerable women. This is essential reading for psychiatrists, obstetricians and gynaecologists, midwives, general practitioners, neuroscientists and related professions worldwide.

    • Provides a complete account of childbearing and menstrual psychoses, based on over 3000 works in many languages
    • Describes the complexity of the psychoses of childbearing, including many organic and non-organic forms, to aid a better diagnosis and treatment
    • Presents over twenty distinct forms of psychoses, offering insights for further research
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'With this monograph, Brockington gives us a most valuable insight into his forty years of experience as a clinician and researcher in the field of mother-infant psychiatry.' Anita Riecher-Rössler, Universitäre Psychiatrische Kliniken Basel, Switzerland

    'How does medical science progress? First by defining disease entities, then by bringing to bear upon them a new perspective. Brockington first describes the characteristics of psychiatric states associated with the phases of reproduction in women. Then he makes clear that these associations are [aetiological] clues to the nature of the physiological disturbance. Brockington writes with pre-eminent expertise in this field. Starting from an historical and clinical viewpoint, he brings the topic under the scrutiny of modern biological research methods. The contribution is unique.' Tim Crow, University of Oxford

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107113602
    • dimensions: 241 x 162 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 33 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Data
    2. History
    Part II. The Organic Psychoses of Pregnancy and the Puerperium:
    3. Infective delirium
    4. Eclamptic and Donkin psychoses
    5. Wernicke–Korsakow psychosis
    6. Chorea psychosis
    7. Vascular disorders
    8. Other specific neuropsychiatric disorders
    9. Incidental organic psychoses
    Part III. The Psychopathology of Parturition:
    10. Introduction
    11. Parturient delirium
    12. Unconscious delivery
    13. Acts of desperation
    14. Other parturient psychoses
    15. Delirium and stupor immediately after the birth
    Part IV. Non-Organic Psychoses of Childbearing:
    16. The literature
    17. Symptoms
    18. Classification
    19. Clinical forms
    20. Episode onset
    21. The bipolar/cycloid group
    22. Management
    23. Risks
    Part V. Menstrual Psychosis:
    24. The catamenial process
    25. Medicine and menstruation
    26. Definition and classification
    27. Timing within the menstrual cycle
    28. Timing within the life cycle
    29. Links with the psychoses of childbearing
    30. Investigations
    31. Causes
    32. Management
    Part VI. The Challenge and the Opportunity:
    33. What is known
    34. Impediments to the growth of knowledge
    35. Research opportunities
    Appendix: the Anne Roper interview

  • Author

    Ian Brockington, University of Birmingham
    Ian Brockington is Professor Emeritus at the University of Birmingham.

An Interview with Ian Brockington

Ian Brockington, author of The Psychoses of Menstruation and Childbearing, tells us how his book came about...

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