Message from Division Lead, Benicio Frey
The Women’s Health Concerns Clinic (WHCC) mission is to promote women’s mental health and well-being across the menstrual cycle, childbearing years, and the transition to menopause through evidence-based clinical care, education and research.
The Women’s Health Concerns Clinic (WHCC) provides assessment, consultation and treatment for women who are experiencing mood symptoms and other mental health problems related to the menstrual cycle, childbearing or menopause. The WHCC also conducts clinical and biological research in these areas. Many residents have had tremendous clinical and research experience working with the experts at the WHCC.
Female-reproductive mental health problems are major public health problems. Between 7-15% of women experience postpartum depression, 5-9% suffer from severe premenstrual syndrome and about 10% develop significant mood or anxiety problems during the transition to menopause. In addition, offprings of women who suffered from postpartum mental health problems are at increased risk for developing mental and/or physical illnesses. Therefore, early detection/diagnosis and early treatment are critical in preventing long-term consequences. Our clinic accepts self-referrals in order to facilitate access to treatment with our multidisciplinary team including specialized therapists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, physicians and allied health. Finally, our program is strongly involved with Educational activities at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels.
Research at the WHCC involves studies aimed at understanding the mechanisms behind hormonally-related mental health problems. More specifically, our research is primarily focused on mood and anxiety conditions associated with female-reproductive live events: Pregnancy, the postpartum period, the premenstrual period and the menopause transition. Our research also includes investigation of mental and physical development of offsprings of mothers with mental health conditions.
Example projects include: