Mood disorders are twice as prevalent in women as in men, particularly during the childbearing years. Yet women are less likely to report and seek help for these problems than they are for a general medical condition, even though they may be just as disabling and affect other family members.

Dr. Mapatwana offers women comprehensive treatment, tailored to their unique needs. She specializes in treating psychological and psychiatric problems that arise in the context of premenstrual syndromes, infertility, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause and her aim is to provide comprehensive care that relieves distress and promotes well-being and social functioning. To this end, she provides a range of psychiatric services that have been specifically tailored to women, including the following:

  • Complications of infertility treatments
  • Depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder during pregnancy and postpartum
  • Menopause related disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Migraine headaches
  • Evaluation for egg donors
  • Mental health support during pregnancy

Research shows there are significant biological differences between males and females with regard to anatomy, physiology, and metabolism. Women’s brains are different from men’s with regards to size of brain structures and in global and regional gray matter percentages. The implications of these brain differences in relationship to behavior are an intriguing topic of current research.

In addition, female hormones such as estradiol and progesterone interact with various neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine and serotonin in ways that are not yet fully understood. Research is ongoing to determine how these biological differences may have behavioral, cognitive and clinical implications or affect treatment outcomes in women so it is vitally important for women who require psychiatric services to find a practitioner that understands these differences and customises their treatment plans accordingly, like Dr. Mapatwana

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