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Eating, Drinking, Overthinking: The Toxic Triangle of Food, Alcohol, and Depression--and How Women Can Break Free

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A noted expert on women and depression offers a guide to balancing women's relationship to eating, alcohol, and overthinking

Based on extensive original research, Eating, Drinking, Overthinking is the first book to show women how they can navigate the often painful and destructive worlds of the title.

While it is widely known that women suffer from depression in disproportio
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Published December 26th 2006 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 2005)
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The author calls the cycle the Toxic Triangle. Many women spend all week carefully keeping themselves in check. They work hard at their jobs all day making sure that they don't say or do the wrong thing. After work, they continue to control their actions by only choosing healthy food in just the right quantities and abstaining from alcohol.

By Thursday or Friday, however, the frustration, pressure, and cravings becomes too much. These same controlled seemingly put together women decide to just h
*Escaping the toxic triangle*

In her highly readable book, Susan Nolen-Hoeksema illuminates the risks that render women especially vulnerable to the "toxic triangle" of binge eating/drinking and over-analyzing.

In their extreme attempts to please others and be who they think they "should" be, many women lose their voice and internalize their pain. In doing so, they are bombarded with self-loathing thoughts, and often turn to over-eating/drinking to temporarily escape the darkness that haunts them
Nothing groundbreaking here, but the author does have some useful insights about unhealthy patterns many women find themselves in. I appreciated the advice to make approach-oriented goals, framing goals in terms of positive steps you can take instead of proscriptions. And she describes some useful mindfulness exercises. It is strange, though, that the author assumes that most/all readers have children, and the chapter on raising girls to avoid unhealthy patterns seemed a little out of place.
If you think you may have trouble with any of these issue and if you're ready to take a truly honest look at your behavior then this is a great book. I came away feeling annoyed and uncomfortable only because a lot of it is true about my own behavior.

This book was really amazing for me and put myself outside of my confort zone when thinking about my life. I identified with so many of the scenarios she laid out and I feel she has a good grasp on those who are on the borderline of everything, but
Alicia Dodge Elias
Does it seem to anyone else that everything has to be deemed a chronic illness? Personally, and without any research or back-up, I disagreed with the author who says that most women are at some point suffer from a combination of depression, eating disorders, and alcoholism. I do think that most women need a moment of extremism where something else takes over. I don't think this necessarily has to be diagnosed as a chronic illness that requires action, but it's all about brevity in those moments. ...more
If you are interested in psychology, health, and feminism, this is THE BOOK FOR YOU! I found it in the self-help section, which normally I steer pretty clear of (in general, the marketplace for opportunists). However, Susan Nolen-Hoeksema is a VERY DISTINGUISHED professor at Yale and really backs up her stuff. So, whether you're struggling with eating/depression issues or have a keen interest in psychology, or are lucky enough to have both of these going on, you should read this book!
Liz De Coster
There was some useful information in here, but it was a little generic. I think any reader with moderate eating issues or depression would feel like the examples given were a bit on the extreme side, and that the book therefore might not apply to them. I would have appreciated less of the whys and wherefores and more in the way of solutions.
I only got a bit through this but its very good so far. the 3 'hazardous' things women do to themselves, overeating, overdrinking and overthinking whihc the worst being the overthinking whichdrives us to the other. I can't wait to get through this..
Probably more like a 3 1/2. I thought there was some interesting info and a whole lot of common sense advice. Women are such mental creatures!
This might have been a good book but seemed to be chewing over itself too much. I got bored and put it down and couldn't pick it back up.
Some useful, practical advice and good insight here; otherwise pretty clinical and not very inspiring.
Rhiannon West Chamberlain
Eh. I was really looking forward to this book, but really wasn't able to glean anything useful from it.
Really heterosexist, but there's some useful information tucked away in here.
A good insight to the pressures that women face today and how it affects us.
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