The Payne Whitney Women's Program in the Department of Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center was established in 2002 to provide comprehensive care for mental health concerns that are unique to women. Areas of focus include pregnancy and postpartum, pregnancy loss and infertility, premenstrual mood disorders, and menopause. The Program offers state-of-the-art consultation and a variety of treatment options. The program also provides educational opportunities for healthcare professionals.
Recent studies have shown that women are twice as likely as men to experience anxiety or depression during their life, particularly during times of hormonal changes. Some women may experience a new onset of symptoms associated with pregnancy or menopause, while others with a history of mental health problems will be at increased risk of relapse. These reproductive milestones present an opportunity for comprehensive evaluation, support and treatment.
- Diagnostic and treatment consultations
- Consultation with partner and family
- Medication management and psychotherapy, both individually and in groups
- Psychoeducation including support groups
- Psychotherapy focused on parenting concerns
- Links to specialized treatment, including gynecology, endocrinology, and experts in sexual dysfunction
- Opportunity to participate in research studies
- Training opportunities for medical students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows
- Presentations and consultation to academic and community groups
Preparing For Your Consultation
If you have had prior medication treatment, please bring a list of your prior medications.
While medical records are not required for a consultation, they can be helpful.
Medical records may include:
- a treatment summary letter from the current psychiatrist (or obstetrician), including the reason for the consult
- discharge summaries from inpatient hospitalizations
- any other medical records, such as laboratory results or letters from therapists that may be helpful for the evaluation
The multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses with an interest and expertise in the area of women's mental health. The staff uses an integrated treatment approach that considers biological, psychological and social factors.