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Integrative Perspectives on Women’s Mental Health: PMDD and Menopausal Depression

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The course, ‘Integrative Perspectives on Women’s Mental Health: PMDD and Menopausal Depression,’ focuses on the clinical features, pathogenesis, and treatment strategies of menopause and perimenopause. Participants will learn to diagnose perimenopausal depression accurately and explore emerging treatment approaches. Additionally, it covers premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder, offering insights into diagnosis and a range of management strategies from pharmacological to behavioural and hormonal treatments.

What You'll Learn

  • Define menopause and perimenopause and discuss their relationships to the development of depression.
  • Explore the clinical features and pathogenesis of menopause and perimenopause.
  • Identify how to correctly diagnose perimenopausal depression.
  • Discuss treatment strategies in perimenopausal depression using antidepressants, hormone replacement therapies and menopausal hormonal treatment.
  • Explore differential diagnoses as well as complex cPTSD and menopause through a Case Study: Jenny.
  • Discuss emerging treatment approaches, and troubleshoot current challenges around using menopause hormonal therapy (MHT).
  • Identify the symptoms and risk factors for premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Determine how to correctly diagnose and assess for premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Explore various management strategies for premenstrual dysphoric disorder including pharmacological, behavioural, psychological, nutritional, surgical and hormonal treatments.

Course Programme

2 Units | 13 Modules | 9 hours total length

  • Physiology of Menopausal Transition
  • Stages of Menopausal Transition
  • Central Nervous System Changes in Menopause
  • Epidemiology
  • Understanding Perimenopausal Depression
  • Symptoms of Perimenopausal Depression
  • Comorbidities
  • Steps to assess perimenopausal depression effectively
  • Specific Symptoms
  • Diagnosing Perimenopausal Depression
  • Recognise Comorbidities and Differential Diagnoses
  • Conduct Medical Evaluation
  • Application Through a Case Study
  • Managing Perimenopausal Depression
  • Antidepressants
  • Treatment Selection - Major Depressive Disorder in Menopause
  • Symptoms of Depression
  • Algorithm - Menopausal Hormonal Treatment (MHT)
  • Recommendations - Menopausal Hormonal Treatment (MHT)
  • Genetics - The APOE gene and the Brain
  • Tibolone as an adjunctive treatment for perimenopausal depression
  • Non-Pharmacological Strategies for Perimenopausal Depression
  • The Current Treatment Landscape for Menopausal Depression
  • Application Through Case Studies
  • Relapse cPTSD and Perimenopause: Unraveling Hidden Psychopathology
  • Diagnosing Perimenopausal Depression - Three key elements
  • Questions and Answer Session on Perimenopausal Depression
  • Gender differences and global social impacts on mental health - Prof Kulkarni
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Heterogeneity of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Pathophysiology of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Brain Changes in Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Risk Factors for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Ruling Out Organic Causes
  • Assessing and Treating Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders
  • Assessing the Symptoms of PMDD and Establishing Timing
  • Diagnostic Criteria for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Establishing Timing Of Symptoms
  • Data Gathering Tools
  • The Relationship Between Oestrogen And Mood - Prof Kulkarni
  • Application Through a Case Study
  • Neurobiology And Treatment Options In PMDD
  • Hormonal Therapies
  • Non-hormonal Therapies
  • Dosing Strategies for SSRIs
  • Non-Pharmacological Strategies
  • Algorithm for Management of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Application Through a Case Study
  • Knowledge Check

Course Description

Integrative Perspectives on Women’s Mental Health: PMDD and Menopausal Depression.

Embark on a comprehensive curriculum addressing two critical aspects of women’s mental health: “Depression and Menopause: A Practical Guide” and “Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD): A Practical Guide.” Delve into the correlation between menopause and depression, exploring diagnosis, treatment strategies, and emerging treatment approaches. Gain insights into PMDD, differentiating it from PMS, identifying symptoms, and exploring various treatment options. Enhance your clinical practice to provide optimal care for individuals experiencing menopause-related depression and PMDD.

Upon completion of this comprehensive Women’s Mental Health Curriculum, learners will receive a course completion certificate for each of the individual courses.

This Comprehensive Curriculum Consists of 2 courses:

1. Depression and Menopause: A Practical Guide (5 CPD hrs) – Online Interactive Course

This course delves in to the intricate relationship between menopause and depression. Women undergoing menopause face an increased risk of depression, with symptoms often overlapping psychiatric manifestations, posing challenges in accurate diagnosis and treatment. Through this course, participants will attain a deep understanding of menopause and perimenopause, exploring their clinical features, pathogenesis, and their correlation with depressive disorders.

The course is designed to guide participants in correctly diagnosing perimenopausal depression, and discussing various treatment modalities such as antidepressants, hormone replacement therapies, and menopausal hormonal treatment. Case studies, including the compelling story of Jenny, provide invaluable insights into complex post-traumatic stress disorder (cPTSD) intertwined with menopause.

Depression and Menopause: A Practical Guide is enriched with excerpts from a recent webinar by Professor Kulkarni, enhancing comprehension and aiding in the formulation and diagnosis of patients with suspected menopause-related depression. Engage with expert-led modules, informative videos, and interactive activities spanning from understanding the physiology of menopausal transition to assessing and managing perimenopausal depression effectively.

Moreover, participants will delve into emerging treatment approaches and navigate current challenges surrounding menopause hormonal therapy (MHT). Through in-depth discussions, Q&A sessions, and knowledge checks, learners will emerge equipped with practical skills to provide comprehensive care to women navigating the complexities of perimenopausal depression.

2. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) – A Practical Guide (4 CPD hrs) – Online Interactive Course

PMDD is a severe form of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), often under diagnosed, impacting about 3–9% of women and significantly impairing their functioning and quality of life. This course equips healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to detect and manage this often misunderstood condition effectively.

Participants will delve into symptoms, risk factors, and diagnostic criteria for both PMS and PMDD, enhancing diagnostic accuracy and differentiation between the two conditions. Through a range of tools and criteria, participants will learn to make accurate PMDD diagnoses and distinguish PMDD from similar conditions.

The course extensively covers various management strategies for PMDD, including pharmacological, behavioural, psychological, nutritional, surgical, and hormonal treatments. Participants will explore the latest advancements in PMDD therapy, including medication options and hormone treatment strategies, as well as non-pharmacological approaches such as dietary modifications, lifestyle changes, and psychological therapies.

Designed for clinicians, therapists, and healthcare professionals, this course offers valuable insights into the medical and psychological aspects of PMDD, empowering practitioners to recommend comprehensive, empathetic, and effective care for individuals affected by this challenging condition.


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Integrative Perspectives on Women’s Mental Health: PMDD & Menopausal Depression” delves into clinical features, diagnosis, and treatments, including case studies and emerging approaches, in a concise, comprehensive manner.

Course Information

  • 9 hours
  • 9 CPD


  • 8 hours of interactive course material
  • 1 hour of video
  • Case studies
  • Self-assessment
  • Certificate of Completion

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Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM Guest Speaker and Reviewer | MBBS MPM FRANZCP PhD FAHMS

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni is the founder and director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc). She is also Head of Women's Mental Health at Cabrini Health. Jayashri has won prestigious awards for her research & she chairs several advisory boards for both industry & government.

Professor Kulkarni has dedicated over 25 years to women's health improvement. She has researched and developed evidence-based treatments, that are tailored specifically to women's biological, social & psychological needs.

Professor Kulkarni delivers an engaging webinar for clinicians who want to provide personalised,  holistic care to women with PMDD.

Sanil Rege Dr. Sanil Rege MBBS, MRCPsych, FRANZCP

With extensive teaching experience through various psychiatry education initiatives, Sanil is renowned as a motivational training facilitator who promotes fruitful discussion and collaboration.

As the Academic Lead of Psych Scene and Chief Editor at Psych Scene Hub, he aspires to make a difference in mental health by empowering healthcare professionals to advance their skills and careers through the provision of specialised training and education

Sanil is also founder of Vita Healthcare, a private clinic in Mount Eliza specialising in adult mental healthcare. He has over 10 years' private practice experience, treating disorders across the full spectrum. He currently works in the community, across in-patient, consultation-liaison and addiction psychiatry spaces. 

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