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The context of menopause: psychotropic drug use and menopausal status.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Social Science & Medicine
0277-9536
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
23
Issue
8
Pages
747–755
Identifiers
PMID: 3798154
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The menopause has been cited as a causal factor in psychotropic drug use among women in midlife. This paper first examines the stereotype of the menopausal woman and the theories which can be used to predict that she will be a high user of psychotropic medication. It then examines the actual use of psychotropics and the relationship between use and menopausal status using data from a study of 2500 women, aged 40-59, living in the Province of Manitoba, Canada.

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