Women's Mental Health Services at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital (BWFH) are designed to meet the unique needs of women with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. Women's hormones, reproductive cycle changes, and life experiences can influence their vulnerability to emotional disturbances, and can affect decisions about medications, psychotherapy and other forms of treatment.
The BWH and BWFH mental health team is a group of clinicians with specialized training and expertise in treating women with these and other problems:
During times of reproductive transition (pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause), some women are at heightened risk of developing problems with depression and/or anxiety. There are ways in which women can effectively prevent these problems over the course of their reproductive lives. The clinicians in the BWH and BWFH mental health services work with women to plan preventive strategies, including:
The BWH and BWFH mental health program is associated with the Department of Psychiatry and the Women's Health Center of Excellence at Brigham and Women's Hospital. This is a national center of expertise in women's health, incorporating clinical, teaching and research programs.
The Women's Hormones and Aging Research Program (WHARP) is a clinical and translational research group that aims to advance our understanding and treatment of symptoms resulting from estrogen withdrawal in the brain. We study the biological basis of these symptoms as well as their interactions and strategies for optimizing treatment in healthy women during the menopause transition, women undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and using experimental paradigms. Under the direction of Dr. Hadine Joffe, MD, MSc, WHARP is comprised of a project manager, two clinical research coordinators, psychiatry residents, trainees, WMH fellows, and several other affiliated clinicians and junior researchers. WHARP also collaborates with the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancer program at DFCI. Those interested in research opportunities and fellowships related to women’s health and quality of life in women’s cancers should contact us. More information about WHARP.
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