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WESTERN PSYCH OPENS NEW WOMEN'S PSYCHIATRIC CARE UNIT

 WESTERN PSYCH OPENS NEW WOMEN'S PSYCHIATRIC CARE UNIT
 PITTSBURGH, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Approximately 80 percent of recent mothers experience postpartum blues and 10 to 15 percent suffer depression severe enough to require treatment. Women having difficulties coping with these and similar experiences will have a new place to turn for help beginning Sept. 1, it was announced today.
 The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic will open a new Women in Transition Unit, the only unit of its kind in central and western Pennsylvania.
 The unit will treat women struggling with role transition issues as well as reproductive-related issues such as infertility, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause.
 "Women undergo a series of role transitions as a natural part of development. For example, women move from being single to being married to motherhood, or in the case of divorce, many find themselves re-entering the job market after years of staying home," said Patricia Jarrett, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at Pitt and president-elect of the Pittsburgh Psychiatry Society.
 "However, when the pressures of these transitions seem overwhelming, resulting in a mental health illness, it becomes imperative for women to seek treatment that specifically addresses their particular needs and circumstances."
 If left untreated, many of these situations can lead to the possible breakdown of families, long-term emotional problems for the woman and her family, and, in rare cases, suicide.
 In addition to reproductive-related issues, the unit will offer treatment for physical, sexual or mental abuse. "Thirty percent of all women will at some point in their lives be victims of sexual or physical abuse," said Jarrett.
 The 15-bed inpatient unit will treat women ages 18 and older. Outpatient services also will be available. Treatment will involve individual and group therapy as well as medication when appropriate.
 For more information about the Women in Transition Unit, please call the administration coordinator at 412-624-6008.
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