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Moody Bitches

The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You ...

By Julie Holland, MD
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Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy by Julie Holland, MD

Moody Bitches (2015) is your guide to the female body and brain. These blinks explain some of the reasons behind the emotions and fluctuating moods that women can experience and how they can better tune into themselves, embrace their feelings and their bodies.

  • Women who are frustrated by their mood swings
  • Young girls who want to know more about their brains and bodies
  • Women who want to have better sex

Dr. Julie Holland is an American psychiatrist and author of Weekends at Bellevue, a best-selling memoir. She is a regular guest on the Today Show and CNN.

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Moody Bitches

The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy

By Julie Holland, MD
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Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sleep You’re Missing, the Sex You’re Not Having, and What’s Really Making You Crazy by Julie Holland, MD
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Moody Bitches (2015) is your guide to the female body and brain. These blinks explain some of the reasons behind the emotions and fluctuating moods that women can experience and how they can better tune into themselves, embrace their feelings and their bodies.

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Women have feelings for a reason and don’t need antidepressants to fix them.

A lot of women tend to chastise themselves for how they look and how they feel. But the reality is that women are biologically inclined to be moodier and more emotional than their male counterparts.

However, moodiness isn’t necessarily a weakness. In fact, it can even be a great strength.

The hormonal ups and downs that women experience make them hyper aware of their surroundings, which, in turn, enables them to protect their families and to adapt to their environment.

Here’s how:

These waves of moodiness are a result of the connections between female neurotransmitters and hormones, primarily estrogen. When estrogen levels drop, as they do during premenstrual syndrome (otherwise known as PMS), women become more emotional. They cry or get angry more often than usual. But such fluctuations also enable women to be vigilant, gentle or even aggressive, depending on what the situation calls for.

The downside is that this hormonal dynamic makes women more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression. Therefore, expressing these feelings by having a good cry is actually extremely important.

But since society is uncomfortable with the manner in which women tend to express themselves, women are also the main targets for antidepressants, so much so that doctors usually prescribe something as soon as a woman experiences depression.

Of course, antidepressants may well be indispensable for somebody who has suffered from depression for years. But they shouldn’t be pushed on women who simply don’t need them. Unfortunately, many doctors, in an attempt to fit in as many appointments as possible per day, often spend only a few minutes with each patient, prescribing pills that will “fix” them, instead of properly considering the situation and accepting that women sometimes need to be emotional.

But enough generalities. In the next blink, we’ll get specific about what happens to a woman’s hormones every month.

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