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Julie Holland

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Moody Bitches by Julie Holland is a non-fiction book that explores how women's hormonal cycles impact our emotions, behaviors, and decision making. It challenges the stigma around female hormones and encourages us to embrace the power of our cycles.

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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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    What is Moody Bitches about?

    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.

    Moody Bitches Review

    Moody Bitches (2015) by Julie Holland is a thought-provoking exploration of how hormones impact women's emotions, behavior, and mental health. Here's why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • With an abundance of scientific research presented in an accessible way, it sheds light on the complex relationship between hormones and women's mental well-being.
    • Through real-life stories and insightful anecdotes, the book offers a relatable and empathetic understanding of the challenges women face in dealing with hormonal fluctuations.
    • By combining humor, empathy, and expert advice, Moody Bitches provides practical strategies and tools to navigate hormonal changes and prioritize self-care.

    Best quote from Moody Bitches

    Stop fixating on how he isnt like you. Nobody is, and you wouldnt want to be yoked to your carbon copy anyway.

    —Julie Holland
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    Who should read Moody Bitches?

    • 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

    About the Author

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

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    What is the main message of Moody Bitches?

    Moody Bitches offers insights on women's mental health and hormonal influences on mood and behavior.

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    Is Moody Bitches a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Moody Bitches is a valuable read for anyone interested in understanding women's mental health through a scientific and holistic lens.

    Who is the author of Moody Bitches?

    Julie Holland is the author of Moody Bitches.

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