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Julie Holland

Mar 9, 2015 • 7:00 pm ET
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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, sex, the link between food and mood, practical exercise and sleep strategies, and the tools to unlock the wisdom of their bodies. Book signing to follow.

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