Dr. Louann Brizendine's Clinic

THE WOMEN'S MOOD & HORMONE CLINIC

CLINIC LOCATION

401 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, California, USA, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, UCSF Medical Center
For appointments, call 415-476-7500

ABOUT THE CLINIC

The Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic, WMHC, provides expert consultation, diagnosis, laboratory assessments, second opinion and treatment in cases where hormone function may influence the female brain--like, mood changes, depression, worries, anxiety, irritability, decreased ability to focus and concentrate, decreased energy, anxiety, libido and well-being. We see teen girls and adult women. Examples of the types of symptoms we treat include (but are not limited to):

  • assess and treat premenstrual mood changes in teenagers, young women and beyond
  • evaluate and treat perimenopausal symptoms such as mood swings, depression, sleeping difficulties, hot flashes, irritability, fatigue and memory problems
  • help with concerns about sexual functioning, like low sex interest or libido
  • assess and treat mood changes during pregnancy and after giving birth or postpartum depression, sleep and memory problems and post-breastfeeding
  • help with the side effects of medications
  • evaluate and treat mood troubles with hormone therapy or birth control pills
  • specialize in treating depression, moods, stress syndromes, bulimia, concentration, emotional trauma, nervousness, and anxiety

The Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic also sees teen girls and women with general complaints related to mood, anxiety, sleep and libido--whether or not hormone involvement is suspected as the cause. For example, women with depression, anxiety disorders, sexual complaints, or psychiatric medication issues may be seen by the clinic. Couples with sexual complaints related to hormones are also seen.

Please keep in mind that we are a clinic specializing in the psychological aspects of hormones on the female brain. If you are seeking medical assistance regarding endocrine diseases, please consult an endocrinologist. If you are uncertain about whether we will meet your needs, please discuss the contents of this website with your primary care physician, endocrinologist, neurologist, pediatrician, OB-Gyn, psychologist or psychiatrist.  You may also request information from our intake specialists at 415-476-7500.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CLINIC?

To make an appointment, call 415-476-7500.  Most insurance policies are accepted and self-pay is available.  We do have a sliding scale on request.

Your initial appointment will take about one and a half hours. During that time, the Clinic doctors will conduct a thorough interview. At this initial appointment, you will meet with a faculty neuropsychiatrist and a resident neuropsychiatrist. Although this may sound intimidating, be assured that we have a relaxed, open, and very non-judgmental environment.

Depending on your situation, you may be asked to schedule a follow-up visit. This visit may be used to review hormone lab results, discuss recommendations, referrals and/or clarify aspects of the previous appointment.

At the end of your evaluation, we will send treatment recommendations to you and your referring doctor if you wish. Your referring doctor or others involved with your care may contact us about your case at any time. The types of treatment that may be recommended to help you feel better include some of the following: medications, hormones, behavioral therapy, couples therapy, meditation, group therapy, exercise, vitamins or nutritional consultation depending on your condition.

FACULTY

Louann Brizendine, M.D. WMHC director and founder,
Dr. Brizendine has been practicing at UCSF for 20 years. She does research, writes and teaches medical students and residents. She is author of The Female Brain. Additional information.

Lyn Gracie. M.D. Dr. Gracie has been on the clinical faculty at UCSF for 26 years. She is also in private practice in Marin County. She specializes in treating hormone and mood disorders in women, relationship issues, mid-life and family transitions.

Steve Hamilton, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Hamilton has been on the faculty at UCSF for 7 years and specializes in anxiety disorders including PMS. His research involves the genetics of psychiatric illnesses, with a special interest in anxiety disorders.

Shana Levy, M.D. has been on the clinical faculty at UCSF for 3 years and trained in the WMHC. She also has a private practice in San Francisco specializing in fertility issues, relationships and hormones in women's mental health.

Faina Novosolov M.D. has been on the clinical faculty at UCSF since 2006 and trained in the WMHC. She also has a private practice in San Francisco and specializes in women's issues, anxiety and depression, relationships and hormones in women's mental health. She provides therapy (individual and couples) and medication management.

Dannah Hirsch, M.D. has been on the clinical faculty at UCSF since 2007 and trained in the WMHC. She is also in private practice in Corte Madera specializing in teen and child mental health. She is a former psychiatric resident and fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, specializing in teen girls' moods and hormones.

Louise Forrest, M.D. has been on the clinical faculty at UCSF since 2007 and trained in the WMHC. She also works as a psychiatric consultant in a primary care clinic in Berkeley where she specializes in women's mental health.

Jane Hong, M.D. has been on the clinical faculty at UCSF since 2007 and trained in the WMHC. She is also in private practice in SF specializing in women's mental health and the perimenopause.

Denise Albert M.D. has been on the clinical faculty at UCSF since 2007 and trained in the WMHC. She also has a private practice in SF, where she specializes in women's mental health.

Josie Howard, M.D. has been on the clinical faculty at UCSF since 2007 and trained in the WMHC. She also HAS A PRIVATE PRACTICE IN SF, where she specializes in women's mental health.

OTHER CONSULTANTS

Kim Norman M.D. has been on faculty for 26 years and is a consultant to the WMHC clinic for teens.

Miriam Martinez, PhD child and adolescent consultant to the WMHC at UCSF, faculty for 10 years.

Nancy Milliken, M.D. ob-gyn consultant to the WMHC at UCSF, faculty for 22 years.

*FOR PROFESSIONALS/CLINICIANS

Our educational listserve is available for practicing clinicians, faculty, residents and medical students.  Contact Faina Novosolov M.D to join the Women's Mood and Hormone listserve where a lively professional exchange and education occurs daily about hormones, research, patients and referral needs. Members are mostly SF Bay Area, but also national and Canadian.

**The Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic is a member of the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health at UCSF.