ANNE COLSTON WENTZ, M.D.
Two recently published papers address the problem of increasing psychiatric disease in menopausal women. The first shows that the observed increase in psychiatric morbidity in perimenopausal women may be positively correlated with the degree of symptomatic manifestations, but it suggests additionally, since the increase begins before menopause, that fluctuating hormonal levels during the premenopausal period may explain the increased morbidity. The second paper, written for the busy gynecologist, proposes a simple test for the screening of psychiatrically ill women: before and after the intravenous administration of estrogen, patients are scored using the Kupperman index of menopausal symptomatology; failure to improve
WENTZ AC. Psychiatric Morbidity and the Menopause. Ann Intern Med. ;84:331–333. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-3-331
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