Women's Mental Health
Across their lifespans, women may experience many mental health issues that can be unique to their life stages. Often, these conditions may present in a different manner than in men, and the prevalence of these conditions can vary by age group. It is important for health care providers (HCPs) to be aware of these differing presentations and to be informed about management approaches, including workup examinations and treatment choices. This activity will provide an overview of the psychiatric conditions experienced by women across their lifespans and alert HCPs to differences in symptom patterns, evaluation, and treatment, as compared to those of men. In addition, diagnostic criteria and management considerations for psychiatric conditions specific to women’s reproductive lifespans, such as those associated with perimenopause, postmenopause, pregnancy, the postpartum period, and the menstrual cycle, will be discussed.
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and Optum Behavioral Health.
There was no commercial support received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and therapists who are interested in learning about pertinent topics in behavioral health, including current trends, concerns, data, and influencing factors surrounding mental health outcomes.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the prevalence of psychiatric conditions experienced by women across their lifespans;
- Describe the differences that exist between men and women in the clinical presentation of psychiatric disorders;
- Recognize ways to tailor the psychiatric evaluation and management to the female patient; and
- Identify the diagnostic criteria and treatment considerations specific to mental health issues experienced by women associated with aspects of their reproductive lifespans, including the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, postpartum, and peri- and post-menopause.
Gayle S. Goren, MD
NY Behavioral Health Medical Director
UnitedHealthCare Community Plan
Community and State Plan
Elizabeth V. Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
LaRhonda Jones, MD
ECS-Senior Behavioral Medical Director – Central Region
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The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Optum Behavioral Health. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 live continuing education credits.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity date/time: This live activity will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST (12-1 pm EST; 10-11 am MST; 9-10 am PST).
WebEx link for Wednesday, February 17, 2021: https://optum.webex.com/optum/j.php?MTID=m21cad8b5623f586ecd15c083e9475dfc
- Meeting number: 178 232 8197
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