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Objectives

At the end of this section you will be able to:

  • describe the factors that may contribute to differences in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antidepressant drugs in females compared to males.

  • describe the non-pharmcological treatment options that are available for treating depression, and gender issues in accessing these.

  • list/describe the gender-based barriers to accessing health care resources.

  • explain the issues involved in treating depression during pregnancy and lactation.

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