Constance Clarke received master's degrees in both psychiatric nursing and public health from Boston University. Ms. Clarke is a senior clinical specialist in mental health and psychiatric nursing at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Taunton, Massachusetts, USA. In addition, she is the mental health director at the Women's Clinic for Health and Safety at Carney Hospital in Boston and has private psychotherapy practices in Milton and Scituate, Massachusetts. Ms. Clarke has held clinical faculty positions with a number of local university programs and serves as a guest lecturer for the Boston University School of Public Health Nurse-Midwifery Education Program.
PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGIC MANAGEMENT OF WOMEN WITH COMMON MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
1997 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 42, Issue 3, pages 254–274, May-June 1997
How to Cite
Clarke, C. and Paine, L. L. (1997), PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGIC MANAGEMENT OF WOMEN WITH COMMON MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 42: 254–274. doi: 10.1016/S0091-2182(97)00032-3
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2010
This article reviews the essential aspects of the psychopharmacologic management of women with mental health problems, with particular emphasis on the role of the nurse-midwife as a primary care provider. The article also addresses the neurobiology of psychopharmacology, pharmakinetics, and the selection of pharmacologic treatments used for depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and psychosis. Considerations for the timely and appropriate referral for psychiatric intervention for women with psychiatric or pharmacologic emergencies are discussed, and issues relating to pregnancy, lactation, and reproductive health are included. The importance of the nurse-midwife's role in ensuring women's access to and compliance with psychopharmacologic therapy is emphasized.