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Widespread use of SSRI antidepressants drives soaring health care costs in Canada/What are SSRI antidepressants?
Questions the science behind SSRI antidepressants and their real-world effectiveness. Examines why so many SSRIs are prescribed to women, as well as safety concerns and alternative treatment options. (See Details)
Published: 2006
"dear mr. m"

This article shares a story of surviving the psychiatric system through letters and personal narrative and reflection.  Discusses women and mental health,  institutionalization, patient-physician relationships and support. 

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Published: 1989
A population at risk

This article discusses immigrant women, refugee women and visible minority women and mental health. Identifies factors that constitute stress in the lives of these women and so create a vulnerability to psychosomatic problems. Explores how the needs addressed can be met. 




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Published: 1991
The right to grieve: two women talk about their abortions

This article includes a conversation between two women about their abortion experiences. Addresses depression and grief. 

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Published: 1983
Understanding stigma through a gender lens

Expalins how women and men experience and apply stigma differently.

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Published: 2009
In her own words: How I dealt with grief and depression

After the death of her partner due to pharma-induced suicide, the author immersed herself in issues of mental health, sustainable activism, big-pharma, and the potential dangers of anti-depressant drugs.

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Published: 2009
Do pregnant women benefit from taking antidepressants?

This article investigates whether or not there is evidence that antidepressant prescription drugs benefit pregnant women and if that benefit outweighs the potential risks.  Author Jane Shulman refers to Dr. Barbara Mintzes' expertise on the growing trend for doctors to encourage women to continue taking anti-depressants when they get pregnant.

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Published: Fall/Winter 2009/2010
After birth blues

This article shares a conversation with Joan Robertson, a staff person at Post Partum Counselling (PPC) in Vancouver; Differentiates Baby Blues from Post Partum Depression; Discusses women and anger; Women and depression; Child abuse; Changes in relationships postpartum.



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Published: 1980
Everybody knows someone who...

This article explains what dysmenorrhea is. Discusses spectrum of causes. Outlines alternative treatments as well as allopathic treatments.


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Published: 1981
Through the medical maze

This article examines one woman's experience with breast cancer. 

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Published: 1984