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Care for Women with Delusional Disorder: Towards a Specialized Approach

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Department of Mental Health, Parc Tauli University Hospital, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), I3PT, CIBERSAM, Sabadell, 08280 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, 605 260 Heath Street West, Toronto, ON M5T 1R8, Canada
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Department of Mental Health, Parc Tauli University Hospital, Sabadell, 08280 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Mental Health, Consorci Sanitari del Maresme, CIBERSAM, 08304 Mataró, Spain
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Received: 11 December 2020 / Revised: 30 December 2020 / Accepted: 11 January 2021 / Published: 15 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychosis in Women)
Delusional disorder is a difficult-to-treat clinical condition with health needs that are often undertreated. Although individuals with delusional disorder may be high functioning in daily life, they suffer from serious health complaints that may be sex-specific. The main aim of this narrative review is to address these sex-specific health needs and to find ways of integrating their management into service programs. Age is an important issue. Delusional disorder most often first occurs in middle to late adult life, a time that corresponds to menopause in women, and menopausal age correlates with increased development of both somatic and psychological health problems in women. It is associated with a rise in the prevalence of depression and a worsening of prior psychotic symptoms. Importantly, women with delusional disorder show low compliance rates with both psychiatric treatment and with medical/surgical referrals. Intervention at the patient, provider, and systems levels are needed to address these ongoing problems. View Full-Text
Keywords: psychosis; delusional disorder; women; health care; sex-specific treatment psychosis; delusional disorder; women; health care; sex-specific treatment
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González-Rodríguez, A.; Seeman, M.V.; Álvarez, A.; Guàrdia, A.; Sanz, N.; Fucho, G.F.; Palao, D.J.; Labad, J. Care for Women with Delusional Disorder: Towards a Specialized Approach. Women 2021, 1, 46-59. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/women1010004

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González-Rodríguez A, Seeman MV, Álvarez A, Guàrdia A, Sanz N, Fucho GF, Palao DJ, Labad J. Care for Women with Delusional Disorder: Towards a Specialized Approach. Women. 2021; 1(1):46-59. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/women1010004

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González-Rodríguez, Alexandre, Mary V. Seeman, Aida Álvarez, Armand Guàrdia, Nadia Sanz, Genís F. Fucho, Diego J. Palao, and Javier Labad. 2021. "Care for Women with Delusional Disorder: Towards a Specialized Approach" Women 1, no. 1: 46-59. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/women1010004

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