Moody Bitches

Women are overworked and exhausted. As they struggle to keep up with work, family, and today’s frenetic pace, they find themselves anxious, frazzled, depressed, and burned out. Worse, women blame themselves for how bad they feel, thinking they should be able to handle it all.

But as psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland makes clear in 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,  women were never meant to be even tempered. They are designed by nature to be dynamic, cyclical, and, yes, moody.

Moody Bitches is Holland’s call to understand and work with, not against, women’s moodiness. Women evolved this way for good reasons; their hormonal changes are the basis for a flexibility that allows them to be responsive to their environment. Being moody is a woman’s natural source of power.

Yet, women learn from childhood to apologize for their tears, to suppress their anger, and to fear being called hysterical. Drawing on the latest scientific research, Holland argues that women’s emotionality is a sign of health not disease. One in four American women take psychiatric medications, and the side effects are more far-reaching than most women realize

Moody Bitches offers a frank discussion about the drugs women are taking, the link between food and mood, practical sex, exercise, and sleep strategies, and the tools to unlock the wisdom of their bodies.


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3 thoughts on “Moody Bitches

  1. I recently heard you on Team Human with Douglas Rushkoff, and found your research extremely interesting. I’ve been recently struggling with my untreated, and really undiagnosed, issues which include Autism and PTSD. I missed the Autism diagnosis by about ten years, Canada not diagnosing children until 1990, and I being born in 1972.

    (Thought they had a huge list of OTHER conditions, they couldn’t call me “autistic” because my IQ broke their tests and they had to estimate. At the time, low function was a requirement for an Autism diagnosis. As for PTSD, I’ve died in hospital, been the victim of a near two decade abusive relationship, and developed severe Osternecrosis due to a physician’s poor treatment. In both conditions I easily pass the tests but have no financial access to official psychotherapy channels.)

    I currently sit on the Chapter Leadership Council for Autism Ontario’s North-East chapter, and we are continually finding that there is NOTHING available for adults. With an adult diagnosis costing upwards of four to seven thousand dollars, there’s no benefit to having such after the age of 21.

    I have had a longstanding interest in psychology, and my mother (a life-long educator) maintains a degree in the subject. (Mine was in the anthropological subfield of Religions and Cultures, as well as training in technology.) As such, I really appreciate knowing that someone is working with both Autism and PTSD in a research capacity.

    When I was young they filled me with Ritalin, and older with various antidepressants. Yet nobody ever really addressed that not fitting in to mainstream society was simply a mater of brain structure and not just chemistry. Forever we are “the other” and yet they fill us with Prozac and Paxil trying to make us into one of them. This doesn’t really work, it just makes OTHER people feel like it’s working, like they’re addressing the issue, and treating an “illness.”

    I’ve never been a psychonaut, preferring the psychological methods of Jung to self medicating. Thus I have no experience with MDMA, Psilocybin, or really even pot. The two times I’ve tried pot (everyone says it’s a great painkiller) were extremely unpleasant. My pain, being nociceptive, responds well to straight narcotics, but I don’t get the “high” experience other people seem to enjoy.

    I find the idea of a medication that could boost my feelings of trust and compassion towards others.very intriguing. Over the last few months I’ve been in talks with my new partner (of five years now) about moving in together, but the idea utterly terrifies me. I’ve had increased blood-pressure, difficulty with executive function, and my pain has not been in control. Anxiety and terror attacks are not uncommon. My ex-wife resented my disabilities. My being in pain and having “no spoons” on a particular day, or week, was enough reason to scream at me, and eventually she came to hate me. Honestly, I cannot survive that happening with my current partner. My mother thinks my new partner has, quite literally, saved my life… and I agree.

    I’m going to be very interested in seeing how your trials play out, not just for myself, but also for those I know with Autism and anxiety disorders. Having even a microdose of something that could make one feel unafraid of daily life would be a miracle to so many people. Being able to see the “meta” image, the Big Picture to get “unstuck” will save lives. I know too many people who are stuck like that, and have no way to move forward. I often wonder if Auties and Aspies are more prone to trauma, being fragile, or whether we’re just not as good at avoiding it, especially complex trauma such as results from abusive relationships. Listening to you I felt hope that the medical community might actually be working in a direction that could really help people like me.

    Now if I could find a visionary who was as focused on treating AVN/ON rather than reacting in a purely mechanical, surgical way.

    Again, thank you for the work you are doing. I wish my disability pension was enough that I could donate to your work, but alas, these are the paths we walk for whatever reason.


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