Dr. Legato shares how hormones affect depression in women compared to men.
I think one of the most important things to know about the so called peri-menopausal period, when estrogen levels are beginning to fluctuate and go up and down, can have a tremendously powerful effect on a woman’s mood, on her ability to concentrate, on her ability to remember, on her ability to resist the irritations of everyday life, and I think depression which will respond to hormone treatment in many women, is underestimated.
And I think the impact of depression during the peri-menopausal and the immediately post-menopausal period may be definitely underestimated.
About Dr. Legato:
Dr. Marianne J. Legato is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer and specialist in women's health. She is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Founder and Director of the Partnership for Women’s Health at Columbia University. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Legato founded the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University in 1997. It is the first collaboration between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender. Dr. Legato has received many awards for her leadership role in women's health.
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