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Schizophrenia in women

Anita Riecher-Rössler, Marlon Pflüger and Stefan Borgwardt

in Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health

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ISBN: 9780199214365
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640454 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199214365.003.0012

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Schizophrenia in women

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Sex and gender differences in schizophrenic disorders are one of the most exciting areas of psychiatry, both for clinicians and researchers. For researchers, these differences could be a window to explore the aetiology or at least some pathogenetic mechanisms of these disorders as sex differences—especially regarding age of onset—are one of the most stable and well-established findings in schizophrenic psychoses. Not only biological differences but also differences regarding psychosocial factors influencing the outbreak and the course of these disorders are certainly of great importance in this context.

More knowledge about these mechanisms could also be helpful for developing new therapeutic strategies. For clinicians such new therapeutic strategies would be most welcome. A better understanding of the differences between men and women and their specific needs would also allow to provide specific services tailored to their different life circumstances.

Chapter.  9050 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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