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S of American women are medicating away their emotions with psychiatric drugs whose effects are far reaching than most of us realize And even if we don’t pop a pill women everywhere are numbing their emotions with food alcohol and a host of addictive behaviors that deny the wisdom of our bodies and keep us from addressing the real issues we face   Psychiatrist Julie Holland knows there is a better way In Moody Bitches she shares insid I think this book should be reuired reading for all women However I'm not sure this book does exactly what Dr Julie Holland wanted it to Let me try to explain Moody Bitches is a phenomenal trove of information on hormones moods interactions and how that all ties together It has much information in it I did not know and hadn't read elsewhere Many books for women don't usually go into such depth on hormones and how they effect you over your entire life cycle from menarche to pregnancy to peri menopausal and menopause It's fascinating and necessary reading But there seemed to be two books here and Dr Holland tried to smoosh them both together One is on the science of hormones and how they interact with each other with moods and with drugs The second is the 'rah rah woman' part of the book that talks about embracing your moods and your hormones and just going with the flow On one hand this is a book about the science and about drugs And on the other it is about embracing your moods and your emotions telling society to get with the program and smoking pot she is a fan of cannabisAgain I thought it was fantastic But I also felt that it wasn't living up to what Dr Holland wanted to writeShe speaks of embracing your moods because they are natural and normal and just fine Yet on the other discusses how she herself takes certain medications and has no problem prescribing Ambien to her patients Which is not to say that I and Dr Holland don't think if you have medical issues that need to be addressed or depression or what have you you should not take medication for it indeed you should Her main point seems to be that we are unnecessarily medicating away the natural cycles and moods of being female and that is the major issue She somewhat skirts around the issue of culture sociology and gender norms though And I think that is a major factor in much of this overmedication The message is you can have it all but no one has really defined 'having it all' and no one has thought through the implications of that Holland's concern is for those women who work full time also deal with childcare and also do housework or whatever is causing stress and then can't sleep get moody and get depressed Are these women dealing with clinical depression? Perhaps not Yet we're medicating them anyway So the issue is less with women and moods and with society culture unmet expectations and the overwhelming stress that modern society places on people women and our conception and perception of what life needs to beThe information in this is great but I'm not sure the takeaway message is the one she was trying to sendWould I recommend this? Absolutely Would I recommend it with some ualifications YesI would actually recommend reading this with Come as You Are The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski Nagoski's book is about sex and sexuality but her discussion of how societal stressors can effect your libido and enjoyment of sex can also be drawn further out to correspond to Holland's discussion of moods and life With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox us realize And even if we don’t pop a pill women everywhere are numbing their emotions with food alcohol and a host of addictive behaviors that deny the wisdom of our bodies and keep The Illusionists us from addressing the real issues we face   Psychiatrist Julie Holland knows there is a better way In Moody Bitches she shares insid I think this book should be reuired reading for all women However I'm not sure this book does exactly what Dr Julie Holland wanted it to Let me try to explain Moody Bitches is a phenomenal trove of information on hormones moods interactions and how that all ties together It has much information in it I did not know and hadn't read elsewhere Many books for women don't Planet of the Bugs usually go into such depth on hormones and how they effect you over your entire life cycle from menarche to pregnancy to peri menopausal and menopause It's fascinating and necessary reading But there seemed to be two books here and Dr Holland tried to smoosh them both together One is on the science of hormones and how they interact with each other with moods and with drugs The second is the 'rah rah woman' part of the book that talks about embracing your moods and your hormones and just going with the flow On one hand this is a book about the science and about drugs And on the other it is about embracing your moods and your emotions telling society to get with the program and smoking pot she is a fan of cannabisAgain I thought it was fantastic But I also felt that it wasn't living Fishes of the Open Ocean up to what Dr Holland wanted to writeShe speaks of embracing your moods because they are natural and normal and just fine Yet on the other discusses how she herself takes certain medications and has no problem prescribing Ambien to her patients Which is not to say that I and Dr Holland don't think if you have medical issues that need to be addressed or depression or what have you you should not take medication for it indeed you should Her main point seems to be that we are Out of Bounds (Boundaries, unnecessarily medicating away the natural cycles and moods of being female and that is the major issue She somewhat skirts around the issue of culture sociology and gender norms though And I think that is a major factor in much of this overmedication The message is you can have it all but no one has really defined 'having it all' and no one has thought through the implications of that Holland's concern is for those women who work full time also deal with childcare and also do housework or whatever is causing stress and then can't sleep get moody and get depressed Are these women dealing with clinical depression? Perhaps not Yet we're medicating them anyway So the issue is less with women and moods and with society culture Grass, Sky, Song unmet expectations and the overwhelming stress that modern society places on people women and our conception and perception of what life needs to beThe information in this is great but I'm not sure the takeaway message is the one she was trying to sendWould I recommend this? Absolutely Would I recommend it with some Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos ualifications YesI would actually recommend reading this with Come as You Are The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski Nagoski's book is about sex and sexuality but her discussion of how societal stressors can effect your libido and enjoyment of sex can also be drawn further out to correspond to Holland's discussion of moods and life With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC

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Moody Bitches

A groundbreaking guide for women of all ages that shows their natural moodiness is a strength not a weakness   As women we learn from an early age that our moods are a problem an annoyance to be stuffed away But our bodies are wiser than we imagine Moods are a finely tuned feedback system that allows us to be empathic intuitive and aware of our own capabilities If we deny our emotionality we deny the breadth of our talents   Yet million I was out on maternity leave when 911 happened and about month later I went back to work In addition to just being generally anxious in post 911 NYC I jumped out of my skin every time I heard a loud noise I was totally stressed out from lack of sleep and it was tearing my heart out every day to leave my two month old baby behind to go to work I cried every morning on my two hour train commute into the city I was a wreck At some point I was prescribed Lexapro and it helped uite a bit I wasn't weepy and I wasn't getting those fluttering adrenalin rushesThe thing is I now have to face the fact that my body and my emotions were telling me something important and instead of listening I chose to medicate those feelings away Even if I did need it to get through a difficult time I stayed on the medication for far too long I don't think I was able to properly grieve for my parents when they died Things didn't get to me as much but I ignored real problems in my lifestyle my marriage and my financial state I made poor decisions at least partly because I was cut off from my own intuitionFor these reasons I relate very strongly to what Dr Holland writes in Moody Bitches I wish I had it available to me ten years ago It would have given me the information I needed to make a better choice for myself; it would have helped me realize that there wasn't anything wrong with me it was just the untenable situation I was in I would recommend this book to pretty much all of my women friends in their twenties thirties forties and beyond It's a great book to read whether or not you are taking any medications but especially if you are medications for anxiety and depression as well as birth control sleep remedies or hormone replacement therapy All of these medications have side effects and will result in unintended conseuences that I'm sure many people don't realize Some will see this book as a backlash against medications that are helping many women but I don't see it that way at all Holland isn't advocating an end to prescribing these drugs she is only putting information out that there we need in order to make the best health decisions There is no way that one in four women need to be on mood regulating medications I think this is a bad situation created by the pharmaceutical industry and living in a culture with upside down priorities I love Holland's holistic approach; taking care of our physical bodies in a natural way will help us achieve emotional health as well She includes a lot of great information about the importance of good sleep habits eating healthy having good sex and being exposed to nature The goal is to move away from depression and anxiety while facing difficulties like sadness grief and worry which brings me to what I believe is one omission in Holland's book religious practice Holland does talk about meditation and yoga but does not mention at all the positive effects on well being experienced by people who regularly attend a church synagogue or mosue this is borne out by several recent studies Religious service attendance promotes social interaction involves meditative states in the form of uiet time prayer and music and the teachings encourage charity compassion and the cultivation of gratitude Holland touts all of these as non medical ways to combat stress depression and anxiety Faith also provides a powerful mechanism for coping with the inevitable bad stuff that happens in all of our lives With all the negative attention devoted to religion in the news today perhaps it's easy for people to forget that going to a religious service weekly provides these benefits but I think they have a place right beside the many others Holland explores so well in this book

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Er information about the drugs we’re being offered and the direct link between food and mood and she offers practical advice on sex exercise and sleep strategies as well as some surprisingly effective natural therapies In the tradition of  Our Bodies Our Selves this groundbreaking guide will forge a much needed new path in women’s health and offer women invaluable information on how to live better and be balanced at every stage of li I really wanted to like Moody Bitches With such a catchy title and interesting subject matter it seemed like a slam dunk However I was disappointed to find that much of the book is based on based on uack science with no statistically significant research to back it up It also bothers me that the author chooses to prescribe drugs to her patients with potentially serious side effects and that she chooses not to take those drugs herself even though she suffers from the same mood swings and other ailments that her pill popping patients do Why not could it be the negative side effect profiles of those drugs? Seem likely However most troubling is the fact that this book could seriously set back the women's movement if people believe that PMS and other normal hormonal fluctuations have such profound effects on women's behavior I have never sobbed and gotten really horny at certain times of the month and I don't know any women who act like this either This is just the sort of ammunition that conservative reactionaries need to put women back in the kitchen and out of the workplace Shame on Dr Holland for pandering to popular culture and writing a piece of junk like Moody Bitches


10 thoughts on “Moody Bitches

  1. says:

    We are not men We are women We feel deeply express our emotions freuently and get moody monthly It's normal It's nature's way And we don't necessarily have to medicate away the essence of who we are to make others comfortable In psychiatrist Julie Holland's book Moody Bitches she incorporates self help science and women's health issues to deliver perspective and clinical information about naturally cycling moods in the female body Dr Holland wrote this book in response to an influx of women coming to her office seeking out psychotropic medications to suppress their mood Specifically she saw a trend of women asking which medication they should take not if medication was needed Dr Holland discusses the multitude of factors that are encouraging this course of action such as heavy pharmaceutical marketing towards the female audience and women trying to advance in a male dominated world where an emotional female is often marked as unstable Dr Holland lets her readers know what mood cycles are normal and expected throughout the month as well as during key transitions in a woman's life There are four parts to Moody Bitches with titles that are pretty self explanatory Part 1 Moody by NaturePart 2 Mating MILFS Monogamy and Menopause Part 3 Moody Bitches Survival Guide Park 4 Naming Names A Guide to Selected Drugs In my field I work with many who suffer from true mood disorders and I've seen both sides of the coin in terms of these drugs causing 180 degree changessome nightmarishly bad and some miraculously good Although there are times when psychotropics may be the first course of action I am in favor of trying non medicated approaches before reaching for a script whenever possible and Dr Holland agrees I love that she is reaching out to women and inspiring them to learn about what is normal and natural first It's called a well informed decision for a reason Being a moody bitch means being a warrior and your first point of defense should be yourself Be your own best advocate You deserve downtime and pleasure and your needs matter Honor your hearty appetites for food sex and sleep Stop beating yourself up with “shoulds” Find the healthiest thing that soothes your aching heart and give it to yourself without shame Dr Holland opens and closes with a bang and she has offered an eye catching and intriguing title for sure but the meat of this book felt a bit dry to me It's incredibly useful information but in my opinion Moody Bitches may serve best as a keep on hand resource guide rather than a read straight through leisure experience That's just based on my experience though Check it out for yourself Knowledge is powerin this case girl power ;My favorite uote We are all beautiful and imperfect You can't postpone self acceptance until after you've lost fifty pounds or switched jobs or found a partner Start where you are You need to call a piece of earth a garden before it can bear flowers You have to cordon off a suare of weeds and rocks before you can work the soil and plant the seeds in order to cultivate anything This is a case of “act as if” If love and care is not applied first there will be no forward movement You can't care for something you don't care about 91216It's Monday so this book is incredibly appropriate


  2. says:

    I was out on maternity leave when 911 happened and about month later I went back to work In addition to just being generally anxious in post 911 NYC I jumped out of my skin every time I heard a loud noise I was totally stressed out from lack of sleep and it was tearing my heart out every day to leave my two month old baby behind to go to work I cried every morning on my two hour train commute into the city I was a wreck At some point I was prescribed Lexapro and it helped uite a bit I wasn't weepy and I wasn't getting those fluttering adrenalin rushesThe thing is I now have to face the fact that my body and my emotions were telling me something important and instead of listening I chose to medicate those feelings away Even if I did need it to get through a difficult time I stayed on the medication for far too long I don't think I was able to properly grieve for my parents when they died Things didn't get to me as much but I ignored real problems in my lifestyle my marriage and my financial state I made poor decisions at least partly because I was cut off from my own intuitionFor these reasons I relate very strongly to what Dr Holland writes in Moody Bitches I wish I had it available to me ten years ago It would have given me the information I needed to make a better choice for myself; it would have helped me realize that there wasn't anything wrong with me it was just the untenable situation I was in I would recommend this book to pretty much all of my women friends in their twenties thirties forties and beyond It's a great book to read whether or not you are taking any medications but especially if you are medications for anxiety and depression as well as birth control sleep remedies or hormone replacement therapy All of these medications have side effects and will result in unintended conseuences that I'm sure many people don't realize Some will see this book as a backlash against medications that are helping many women but I don't see it that way at all Holland isn't advocating an end to prescribing these drugs she is only putting information out that there we need in order to make the best health decisions There is no way that one in four women need to be on mood regulating medications I think this is a bad situation created by the pharmaceutical industry and living in a culture with upside down priorities I love Holland's holistic approach; taking care of our physical bodies in a natural way will help us achieve emotional health as well She includes a lot of great information about the importance of good sleep habits eating healthy having good sex and being exposed to nature The goal is to move away from depression and anxiety while facing difficulties like sadness grief and worry which brings me to what I believe is one omission in Holland's book religious practice Holland does talk about meditation and yoga but does not mention at all the positive effects on well being experienced by people who regularly attend a church synagogue or mosue this is borne out by several recent studies Religious service attendance promotes social interaction involves meditative states in the form of uiet time prayer and music and the teachings encourage charity compassion and the cultivation of gratitude Holland touts all of these as non medical ways to combat stress depression and anxiety Faith also provides a powerful mechanism for coping with the inevitable bad stuff that happens in all of our lives With all the negative attention devoted to religion in the news today perhaps it's easy for people to forget that going to a religious service weekly provides these benefits but I think they have a place right beside the many others Holland explores so well in this book


  3. says:

    Don't you just love that title? As a female living in a house full of women this is BOUND to be helpful And helpful it sure wasThis is honestly such a worthwhile read for any woman out there This novel simplifies the body the mind and all scientific terms The author is an experienced person in all fields women of course she is a woman herself This just helps this self help novel because she herself can relate to womenOverall an intriguing and informing read ARC kindly provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review


  4. says:

    I found this book rather disappointing and far from groundbreaking If you're reasonably educated and read than your friends' Facebook posts you won't find any new information here I found myself skipping through numerous chapters as much due to lack of new material as by the way it’s organized in life stages And while I heartily endorse Holland's holistic approach to wellness eat better sleep spend time communing with nature she goes off the deep end a few times I just don't think removal of unwanted hair compares to deadening emotions with SSRIs they don’t both merit the same attention and a well tended landscape is not at the root of all evil moodsMaybe it was her sanctimonious delivery I listened to the audio version but I was often frustrated with the material and she just added to my bitchy mood I really thought she would provide the revolutionary and enlightening information the hype promised maybe shed new light on medical approaches or further my understanding of hormonal fluctuations Zero for three on all counts I’m giving it two stars because there was some marginally useful information the drug appendix at the end for instance but mostly it felt like a very long Cosmo article and I only pick up that publication if there’s nothing else to read at the doctor’s office


  5. says:

    I received a free copy of this book and have been thoroughly enjoying the read Dr Holland writes with humor covering a multitude of issues that women face in this day age Granted this copy is an advance uncorrected copy so I shant offer any direct uotes I will however recommend the finished book to all of my female friends family


  6. says:

    I think this book should be reuired reading for all women However I'm not sure this book does exactly what Dr Julie Holland wanted it to Let me try to explain Moody Bitches is a phenomenal trove of information on hormones moods interactions and how that all ties together It has much information in it I did not know and hadn't read elsewhere Many books for women don't usually go into such depth on hormones and how they effect you over your entire life cycle from menarche to pregnancy to peri menopausal and menopause It's fascinating and necessary reading But there seemed to be two books here and Dr Holland tried to smoosh them both together One is on the science of hormones and how they interact with each other with moods and with drugs The second is the 'rah rah woman' part of the book that talks about embracing your moods and your hormones and just going with the flow On one hand this is a book about the science and about drugs And on the other it is about embracing your moods and your emotions telling society to get with the program and smoking pot she is a fan of cannabisAgain I thought it was fantastic But I also felt that it wasn't living up to what Dr Holland wanted to writeShe speaks of embracing your moods because they are natural and normal and just fine Yet on the other discusses how she herself takes certain medications and has no problem prescribing Ambien to her patients Which is not to say that I and Dr Holland don't think if you have medical issues that need to be addressed or depression or what have you you should not take medication for it indeed you should Her main point seems to be that we are unnecessarily medicating away the natural cycles and moods of being female and that is the major issue She somewhat skirts around the issue of culture sociology and gender norms though And I think that is a major factor in much of this overmedication The message is you can have it all but no one has really defined 'having it all' and no one has thought through the implications of that Holland's concern is for those women who work full time also deal with childcare and also do housework or whatever is causing stress and then can't sleep get moody and get depressed Are these women dealing with clinical depression? Perhaps not Yet we're medicating them anyway So the issue is less with women and moods and with society culture unmet expectations and the overwhelming stress that modern society places on people women and our conception and perception of what life needs to beThe information in this is great but I'm not sure the takeaway message is the one she was trying to sendWould I recommend this? Absolutely Would I recommend it with some ualifications YesI would actually recommend reading this with Come as You Are The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski Nagoski's book is about sex and sexuality but her discussion of how societal stressors can effect your libido and enjoyment of sex can also be drawn further out to correspond to Holland's discussion of moods and life With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC


  7. says:

    When this audio came out read by my favorite audiobook narrator I told my sister This book can't lose And she said Oh it probably can And it didThe first portion of the book is talking about SSRIs and other meds and how most women don't need them I have been on Lexapro for about 7 years and have freuently talked to my doctor about going off or staying on But she just rails and rails on how almost everyone on SSRIs don't need them So I decided to try going without them THIS IS NOT HER FAULT I TAKE FULL RESPONISIBILITY FOR THIS Well that experiment failed and after 5 days I was anxious and edgy and hyper and I went right back on And have talked to my doctor about this experiment who supported itThat said I do think it is irresponsible to rail so hard that most women are just masking their real feelings with their meds But that is not why I give this book two starsThroughout the book she kept explaining things in ways I felt sounded like absolutes that did not reflect my experience at allApparently as a woman going through menopause on SSRIs I should be bitchy have no sex drive hot flashes and no seriously no sex drive This does not reflect my experience at all I am cold and horny So now I have pretty much agreed with nothing she said none of it was reflecting my experience at all


  8. says:

    I really wanted to like Moody Bitches With such a catchy title and interesting subject matter it seemed like a slam dunk However I was disappointed to find that much of the book is based on based on uack science with no statistically significant research to back it up It also bothers me that the author chooses to prescribe drugs to her patients with potentially serious side effects and that she chooses not to take those drugs herself even though she suffers from the same mood swings and other ailments that her pill popping patients do Why not could it be the negative side effect profiles of those drugs? Seem likely However most troubling is the fact that this book could seriously set back the women's movement if people believe that PMS and other normal hormonal fluctuations have such profound effects on women's behavior I have never sobbed and gotten really horny at certain times of the month and I don't know any women who act like this either This is just the sort of ammunition that conservative reactionaries need to put women back in the kitchen and out of the workplace Shame on Dr Holland for pandering to popular culture and writing a piece of junk like Moody Bitches


  9. says:

    I received a free copy of this book from the GoodReads First Reads giveaways in exchange for an honest review A very comprehensive and informative book the section on perimenopause was especially helpful to me


  10. says:

    Initially I picked this book up because the title had me intrigued especially the moody bitches and the crazy I must admit I didn't really think it would be a particularly interesting read but it actually blew me away So much of what was discussed was so timely for me and validated much of what I have been feeling so it really resonated with me As a female of a certain age going through different issues I could really relate to much of it and I highly recommend it to other women I think regardless of what stage in your life you are at you will find something worthwhile in this book I even suggested that my husband read parts of it If nothing else it leaves you with the sense that you are not alone


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