Pain: Adding to the affective burden

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The gender differential in the prevalence of mood disorders has been the focus of much attention recently. With depression and anxiety being grossly overrepresented in women, research has turned to the identification of biopsychosocial aetiological factors that might explain the gender difference. At its most expansive, the literature points to societal norms that may place women at risk for mood disturbances. The more modest hope has been that a greater understanding of potential contributing factors may result in a more effective clinical management of these debilitating disorders.


Affective disorders; Anxiety in women; Anxiety--Sex differences; Depression in women; Depression; Mental--Sex differences


Biological Psychology | Gender and Sexuality | Health Psychology | Medicine and Health | Psychiatry and Psychology | Social Psychology


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