I came across an interesting recent book on women and madness by Jane Ussher, a critical health psychologist, the other day. I first became familiar with  Jane Ussher’s work when I was doing my PhD on the construction of adolescent depression as a socio-cultural phenomenon back in the 1990s and I found a book of hers I read then with the title Women’s madness: Misogyny or Mental Illness? (Amherst, MA, US: University of Massachusetts Press, 1991very insightful.
(www.amazon.com/Womens-Madness-Misogyny-Mental-Illness)
Ussher’s  recent book I am referring to  here is The Madness of Women: Myth and Experience (Oxon: Routledge, 2011); in this book, among others, there are extensive references to women’s sexual and reproductive health and its interface with mental health/’mental illness’ from a historical perspective.
 

 Albertine, one of  Jean-Martin Charcot’s patients, demonstrating the stages of a hysterical attack, 1891 (Wellcome Library, London) 
(www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/themes/menalhealthandillness/womanandpsychiatry.aspx)
You can read a review of The Madness of Women: Myth and Experience  that Matthew Connolly from Manchester Metropolitan University wrote for the British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section here
  • reply Dr Ginger ,

    I HATE when women get dismissed, and called crazy. Men still get away with so much more. STILL!!!!!!!!!!

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