Depression in Girls and Women Across the Lifespan: Treatment Essentials for Mental Health Professionals, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Depression in Girls and Women Across the Lifespan

Treatment Essentials for Mental Health Professionals, 1st Edition

By Laura H. Choate


216 pages

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Depression in Girls and Women Across the Lifespan takes a broad biopsychosocial approach to understanding the onset and experience of depression in women.

The book is structured around four major life transitions: depression during puberty and the transition to adolescence; Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and a woman’s transition through monthly cycles of depression; depression during pregnancy, postpartum, and the transition to motherhood; and depression during perimenopause and the transition to the menopausal years. Integrating cutting-edge research with a wealth of case examples and specific evidence-based interventions, the book expands our understanding of depression by taking into account the biological realities, psychological vulnerabilities, life stressors, and gendered cultural messages and expectations that intersect to shape the onset of depression in women’s lives.

Written in a clear, applicable style, Depression in Girls and Women Across the Lifespan enables mental health professionals to provide effective, gender-informed, depression-focused treatments that are tailored to girls’ and women’s unique needs.


"Laura Choate has written a must-read book that explores the developmental transitions that girls and women experience that may make them vulnerable to depression. Included are important clinical insights and research-informed practices that can influence treatment. Every mental health professional should have a copy of this book!" – Heather Trepal, PhD, professor of counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio and president of the American Counseling Association

"This impressive text by Laura Choate, an experienced and well-respected professional counselor and author, is engaging, well-researched, and accessible. It offers real-world applications that therapists and counselors can readily incorporate. This invaluable book presents a comprehensive picture of the complex biopsychosocial factors influencing women’s mental health. I will certainly recommend it to my students and colleagues who are increasingly treating girls and women with depression." – Merle Keitel, PhD, professor at Fordham University and coeditor of the Handbook of Counseling Women

"This innovative and important book is a comprehensive guide for working with girls and women. The developmental focus integrating research and strong clinical insights is powerful, making this a significant contribution and important book for all mental health professionals." – Lisa Machoian, EdD, author of The Disappearing Girl: Learning the Language of Teenage Depression

"Dr Laura Choate has written a useful guide for clinicians who treat women and girls. She highlights many of the factors that put them at particular risk for depression. She also provides clear and specific guidelines for how to address each of these possible concerns. Women's risk of depression is double that of men's, which makes this a timely and important resource for clinicians." – Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, clinical professor of nursing, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Table of Contents

1. Foundations for Conceptualizing and Treating Depression in Girls and Women 2. Treatment for Depression in Adolescent Girls: Navigating Puberty and the Transition to Adolescence 3. Treatment for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: Navigating the Transition Through Depression and Menstrual Cycles 4. Treatment for Perinatal Depression: Navigating the Transition to Motherhood 5. Treatment for Depression in Perimenopause: Navigating the Transition to Menopause

About the Author

Laura H. Choate, Ed.D., LPC is a Jo Ellen Levy Yates Endowed Professor in Counselor Education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She is the author of four previous books on girls’ and women’s mental health.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Depression