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In this chapter, Rasgon and colleagues first review the neurochemical basis underlying estrogen therapy use in mood disorders. They follow with an analysis of changes in estrogen and mood during different hormonal states associated with the menstrual cycle, birthing, and menopause. Results of their analysis indicate that a considerable body of basic science findings support the assertion that estrogens are prime regulators of the neurobiology of mood in women. However, there is discordance between results of animal and human studies. The source of disparity between the basic and clinical science outcomes remains undetermined but indicates the need for larger clinical trials and longitudinal studies that could identify women who are likely to respond well to estrogen monotherapy and estrogen augmentation to antidepressant treatments.
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