Anxiety and Other Psychological Issues in PCOS

  • John A. BarryEmail author


Anxiety is usually seen as less important than depression in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), but this chapter shows that the secondary status of anxiety is misplaced. Firstly, anxiety is probably a more clinically significant issue than depression in PCOS. Secondly, the causes of anxiety are probably more complex than they are for depression in PCOS, involving a greater number of psychobiological pathways. Thirdly, there is the interesting question of how much anxiety and stress can be a cause as well as a product of PCOS. This chapter also examines the impact of PCOS on quality of life (QoL), and describes some of the new and lesser-researched psychological issues that might be associated with PCOS, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


Anxiety Quality of life (QoL) Hypoglycaemia Neuroticism Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) 


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