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“In a frank style—think good friend who’s a doctor—Holland examines how prescription drugs work in relation to the stages of women’s lives. This guidance is aligned with recommendations for healthy diet and exercise practices that naturally equalize the body’s systems.” 

Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom:
"Feeling moody or bitchy doesn't mean you have a substandard brain or a psychiatric-medication-du-jour deficiency. In her groundbreaking new book, psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland tells you exactly how to work with your unique brain and body chemistry and embrace and upgrade all of your feelings."

Laura Corio, M.D., author of The Change Before the Change
"Not just informative, Moody Bitches is funny and provocative. An important guide to health and well being for women of all ages."

Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock
"This is the most important book on being a woman since Our Bodies, Our Selves. Scientific yet compassionate, Dr. Julie Holland provides actionable, state-of-the-art advice on how women can navigate through an ever-changing hormonal landscape. She not only gives women new command over their bodies, but also shows how extreme moods and emotions might better be listened to than chemically suppressed."

Gabor Maté, M.D., author of When the Body Says No
"Dr. Julie Holland gives us a deftly written, deeply insightful exploration of women's hormonal fluctuations, sensitivities, and mind states not as pathology to be medicated but as an expression of their true selves. Moody Bitches is both engrossing theory and a practical guide enabling women to remain natural in an unnatural world."

Cacilda Jetha, M.D., and Christopher Ryan, Ph.D., coauthors of Sex at Dawn:
"This book should be read by moody bitches everywhere and the befuddled bastards who love them. Dr. Julie Holland has distilled decade of clinical and personal experience into a radically commonsense approach to the fluctuations of femininity."

Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Power of Two
"Myself, I'm a moody bastard, but I've learned a ton from this brisk, provocative, and instructive book. Dr. Julie Holland writes with the authority of a clinician, the warmth of a good friend, and the urgency of someone who really cares."

Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Happiness
"Finally, an evidence-based guide to health for women, by a woman, that speaks to the mind, body, and spirit of womanhood. An invaluable manual for moody bitches and essential reading for anyone who knows one."

About the Author

DR. JULIE HOLLAND has run her private psychiatric practice in Manhattan for twenty years. Her nationally-best-selling memoir, Weekends at Bellevue, was based on her nine years running the psychiatric ER of America’s oldest public hospital. Dr. Holland is an expert on drugs and the brain and appears regularly on the Today show and CNN. She lives in New York's Harlem Valley with her husband and two children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press; 1 edition (March 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594205809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594205804
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A reader VINE VOICE on March 1, 2015
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I had mixed feelings about this book. The first half of the book discusses love and desire and hormones; in short, romantic longing and our search for fulfillment, told from the body's point of view, with lots of information about hormones and interactions between them, as well as effects of medications like SSRI's, contraceptives, etc. on all of that. She asserts that to a large degree, our behavior in searching for a mate is driven by hormones and other bodily functions that we are not very aware of. She supplies pages of endnotes to back up her reasoning.

The second half offers a tremendous, possibly overwhelming amount of health advice, some of which is useful and/or familiar (being in nature can teach us stillness and peace; kids with ADHD need to get outside and move; gluten and dairy and sugar are bad for us, but eating a little bit mindfully is good; exercise is as effective as antidepressants in some situations; we need real human contact, as opposed to the relationships we maintain through technology; sleep is crucial for many reasons, and melatonin helps; etc.) and some a bit startling and expressed in words that could be offputting to some: "exercise grows your brain..." (all good!) "and obesity can cause the kind of inflammation that interferes with learning, making you stupid." She lists fibromyalgia among psychiatric diagnoses, repeatedly tells us to indulge in cannabis for its anti-inflammatory effects, and tells stories of the improved cognitive functioning on a cardio regimen vs. rats after liposuction (rats on liposuction?) referring to rats with the liposuctioned fat reinjected as "fatheads." I learned about "Cooper's droopers," the estrogenlike aspects of BHA in plastics and lots more.
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MOODY BITCHES is an eclectic potpourri of sound medical advice, holistic guidance, common sense and psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland's personal recommendations in regard to women's health. Comprehensive, explanatory and practical, but not always in-depth, it is a valuable overview of most of the common physical and psychological issues women face approaching and experiencing menopause - with many suggestions for coping.

The first two sections of MOODY BITCHES discuss moods, love, marriage, sex, motherhood and perimenopause. The substantial third section, "The Moody Bitches' Survival Guide" provides medical information and guidance pertaining to inflammation, food, sleep, sex, embodiment, downtime, and "Staying Sane in an Insane World." For me, the most valuable facet of the book was the 42 page appendix - a guide to selected drugs. Here, Dr. Holland provides an informative discussion of specific antidepressants, stimulants, anti-anxiety drugs, mood stabilizers, prosexual medications, appetite suppressants, and both prescription and nonprescription sleep aids.

Although I am in my 60s and entered menopause early due to a hysterectomy, I found much of the information and guidance in this highly readable book to be helpful and many of the facts presented to be quite interesting. A lot of it I knew already, but the new pointers I gained were particularly valuable.

Did you know, for example that when under the influence of ambien, you do not create new memories, and may be inclined to wake after only about 3 hours sleep? That both human and bonobo females have pelvises tilted forward to facilitate face-to-face sex? That the SSRI zoloft is known for significantly lowering libido?
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I'm always thrilled to find a book written by a physician holding a holistic perspective, and this one truly fits the bill. The opening introduction immediately informs women that their traits they've considered faults (and that they've been told are faults by others) are actually a source of their power. Moodiness that is dynamic and cyclical is natural to us and part of what gives us a stronger perception of our environment, the ability to pick up on nuances and deeper meaning and also the flexibility and adaptability necessary to survival. As she states, being static is not conducive to surviving in a changing situation, being dynamic, sensitive, fluid and flexible is what allows responsiveness to the cues around us that guides our inner wisdom. Women for centuries have been told they need to conform to a more static, masculine ideal of how to be, essentially pathologizing this natural, innate sensitivity and feminine wisdom that we all hold. Hysteria is one of the pathologizing labels assigned to our natural moodiness in the not so distant past. While not always blatantly labeled now days, unfortunately the idea still exists and women feel bad about this natural part of themselves seeing it as a weakness or fault. Reading this book is a great support for moving away from such beliefs and towards a more holistic, affirming self concept for women.

The author describes her book as integrating timeless wisdom with today's science. Discussing the normal hormonal fluctuations of women that occur monthly as well as over a lifetime. It also discusses what can interfere with our normal hormonal fluctuations and what women can do to prevent, decrease or resolve these interferences.
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