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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

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A groundbreaking guide for women of all ages that shows women’s inherent moodiness is a strength, not a weakness
 
As women, we learn from an early age that our moods are a problem. Bitches are moody. To succeed in life, we are told, we must have it all under control. We have to tamp down our inherent shifts in favor of a more static way of being. But our bodies are wiser th
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Penguin Press
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Letizia Edna,
From my point of view (I am 25), I see this book as a great eye-opener to know more about myself- to be more specifically, at a mentally and…more
Edna,
From my point of view (I am 25), I see this book as a great eye-opener to know more about myself- to be more specifically, at a mentally and emotional level where hormones are highly involved. Also, it gave me a better insight what my mom is going through, and of course I am not exempt from it either, so I better learn now to understand myself later. The book give you great explanations on the reason behind your hormones and humor, also some tips those Ileana mentioned: exercise, avoid long-term medication...In essence, I think it provides both insights. What I like about this author is the style of her writing, the trust level of information based on real data (from doctors, researchers, cases..); plus, she is a psychiatrist!!! What else can you ask for!?
I hope you take the time to read her book, highly recommend it. (less)

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Jennifer
"We are not men. We are women. We feel more deeply, express our emotions more frequently, and get moody monthly. It's normal. It's nature's way. And we don't necessarily have to medicate away the essence of who we are to make others more comfortable."
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In psychiatrist, Julie Holland's book: Moody Bitches, she incorporates self-help, science, and women's health issues to deliver perspective and clinical information about naturally cycling moods in the female body. Dr. Holland wrote this book i
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♛✨  Christine ♛✨
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Don't you just love that title? As a female living in a house full of women this is BOUND to be helpful! And helpful it sure was!

This is honestly such a worthwhile read for any woman out there. This novel simplifies the body, the mind and all scientific terms.

The author is an experienced person in all fields women (of course she is a woman herself). This just helps this self-help novel because she herself can relate to women.

Overall, an intriguing and informing read!

ARC kindly provided by netga
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Lisa Kelsey
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was out on maternity leave when 9/11 happened and about month later I went back to work. In addition to just being generally anxious in post-9/11 NYC (I jumped out of my skin every time I heard a loud noise), I was totally stressed out from lack of sleep and it was tearing my heart out every day to leave my two-month-old baby behind to go to work. I cried every morning on my two hour train commute into the city. I was a wreck. At some point I was prescribed Lexapro and it helped quite a bit. I ...more
Victoria
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book rather disappointing and far from groundbreaking. If you're reasonably educated and read more than your friends' Facebook posts, you won't find any new information here. I found myself skipping through numerous chapters as much due to lack of new material as by the way it’s organized in life stages. And while I heartily endorse Holland's more holistic approach to wellness (eat better, sleep more, spend more time communing with nature), she goes off the deep end a few times. I j ...more
K.
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book and have been thoroughly enjoying the read. Dr. Holland writes with humor, covering a multitude of issues that women face in this day & age. Granted, this copy is an advance uncorrected copy, so I shant offer any direct quotes. I will, however, recommend the finished book to all of my female friends & family.
Maxine
I think this book should be required reading for all women. However, I'm not sure this book does exactly what Dr. Julie Holland wanted it to. Let me try to explain…

Moody Bitches is a phenomenal trove of information on hormones, moods, interactions and how that all ties together. It has much information in it I did not know and hadn't read elsewhere. Many books for women don't usually go into such depth on hormones and how they effect you over your entire life cycle (from menarche, to pregnancy,
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Jamie
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, audiobooks
When this audio came out, read by my favorite audiobook narrator, I told my sister, "This book can't lose." And she said, Oh, it probably can. And it did.

The first portion of the book is talking about SSRIs and other meds and how most women don't need them. I have been on Lexapro for about 7 years and have frequently talked to my doctor about going off or staying on. But she just rails and rails on how almost everyone on SSRIs don't need them.

So I decided to try going without them. THIS IS NOT
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Sweetpea
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the GoodReads First Reads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. A very comprehensive and informative book, the section on perimenopause was especially helpful to me.
Lindaanne
Apr 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like "Moody Bitches." With such a catchy title and interesting subject matter it seemed like a slam dunk. However I was disappointed to find that much of the book is based on based on quack "science" with no statistically significant research to back it up. It also bothers me that the author chooses to prescribe drugs to her patients with potentially serious side effects, and that she chooses not to take those drugs herself - even though she suffers from the same mood swings a ...more
Elaine
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Initially I picked this book up because the title had me intrigued , especially the "moody bitches" and the "crazy!!! " I must admit I didn't really think it would be a particularly interesting read but it actually blew me away. So much of what was discussed was so timely for me and validated much of what I have been feeling so it really resonated with me. As a female of a certain age, going through different issues, I could really relate to much of it and I highly recommend it to other women. I ...more
Erica
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't normally review extensively but felt compelled to with this one.

Tl;dr: Interesting explanation of hormones, their roles in different life stages, interactions and responses to Rx meds for psych/neuro issues, and how to assist those issues with lifestyle choices. Not anti-meds, but not unbiased; read with grain of salt. MUST also read "Come As You Are" by Emily Nagoski for a more thorough/accurate discussion of sexuality.

Preface: At times this book feels anti-meds. It is not. What the aut
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Katie
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was ok

I read the book, Moody Bitches, and had planned on recommending to my patients, until I got to pp. 270 - 271 - where the author said:

“Just as important, many of these patients had a variety of psychiatric diagnoses, including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression.”

Numerous studies have concluded that fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are not psychiatric disorders, nor do they receive a psychiatric diagnosis; rather they are Axis 3 diagnoses. While depression may be comor
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Brigid Schulte
Holland has some fascinating - and disturbing research - about what medicating away our moods and emotions is doing to us. And she makes a powerful argument for embracing ourselves in all our natural and glorious imperfection. Which is a great message. The book doesn't leave much possibility, however, for men's emotions and falls into a familiar trope of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, that research shows may be more culturally cultivated than biologically innate. Read my review for The ...more
Melissa
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
This started out nice enough with a bit of interesting information. Then she got preachy, threw a lot of crap at you, and made it seem that everyone should smoke pot. I'm not against smoking pot, but that doesn't mean that smoking it is healthiest for everyone. She became very judgmental throughout the book, which is definitely not okay. I figured since she was a doctor, she'd be less biased, but this book is full of her own biases.
JulieLaLa
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Truth be told, I mostly skimmed through this book. I read the sections relevant to my life and passed over the ones that didn't apply. The book rehashes known facts with very little new information, except for the suggested use of marijuana for many of women's issues/troubles. Too bad I don't live in Colorado!
Tamara
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
There were some really interesting tidbits in this book, I especially enjoyed the beginning with info about women's cycles and various life stages. However, the survival guide at the end felt like filler and wasn't very helpful. I thought this would be more of a guide and more practical advice around people taking medications- sadly, this did not live up to the hype.
Lindsey
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-nonfiction
A compelling case for allowing the natural rhythms of our female bodies to guide our days, instead of medicating (either with Rx or food or whatever) them away. Our "moodiness" (sensitivity, intuition, flexibility, adaptability) is an intrinsic and valuable part of life and a gift to our children, partners, and world.
Staci Suhy
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
i received this book for free as part of a first reads promotion
Lisa Lewton
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very important book for women in particular, but also for men who might want to encourage or understand women. It's a detailed book with well researched information along with practical encouragement to use that info. I learned a lot about myself and how to live more like myself.
Lacey Louwagie
3.5

The main problem with this book is that it sort of misrepresents itself, and that makes it feel longer than it should be. What this book really is is something of a comprehensive review of natural aids to mind and body health for women. There is a ton of great information here, especially regarding practices that a lot of women don't really question, such as using hormonal birth control or watching TV in bed at night.

What I thought I was getting was a book about the "overmedication" of women
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Komal
Feb 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
I had to read this as part of a work book club otherwise I would have put it away after 20 pages. It was pretty redundant, over simplified to a fault and seemingly supported by research that was not well cited or explained for research limitations. Being a person who is well versed in psychology and brain based behaviors, it was painful to read some of the significant gender biases in this book that seem largely influenced by anecdotal experiences instead of well represented research. It also fa ...more
Kris Patrick
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Stoned Bitches might be a more appropriate title. Apparently cannabis is the answer to quite a bit.
Sarah
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although very interesting (I will definitely pull this off the shelf and dust it off when I find myself pregnant and again when I'm menopausal), I kind of already knew these things...
This book has been sitting in my bookshelf for a while, and between buying it and actually reading it, I have come to the same conclusions about how to alleviate anxiety and depression as Dr. Julie writes about. It's all about nature, exercise, self-care and mindfulness. But how you choose to incorporate these thin
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Kristiana
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
I read an essay by Julie Holland in a book on ambition (Double Bind), it was so good it made me pick up Moody Bitches. This book brought together a lot of ideas I've been reading about, mainly our relationship with technology and food, and made reference to books I've read on both topics.
Moody Bitches is structured well and gives a grasp of how women's bodies function naturally, what outside influences can skew our natural states and how we can realign ourselves. When I type all this out I see
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Anna
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know those "get to know your changing body" types of books that you read when you were beginning puberty? This is like that but for adults. Which is awesome, and much needed, because there is no manual for being an adult!

I listened to this on audio, narrated by the always excellent Cassandra Campbell. It was actually a fast read, considering it was quite long. I think the author has a lot of experience and expertise. I felt like almost all parts of this book were useful. I would like to own
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Min
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enlightening read about hormones and their impact on PMS, pregnancy, & menopause. Love the focus on women's health. Would re-read as I go through different life stages.

Key takeaways:
- Crankiness during PMS is a signal for what you shouldn't accept in life
- Women should earn 40% of income and men should do 40% of chores
- Opposites attract because different parenting styles are good for raising kids. The opposite parts are also the parts of us that were repressed as children
- Have fun (novel
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Shelby
Aug 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really tried to give this book a chance, but it was a truly disgusting attempt to justify patterns of misogyny and sexism with biology. I called it quits when I read the line, "You don't want to have sex with your husband after he does the dishes. Let's face it, sexism is just sexy."
Mychael-Ann
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought this was an interesting read. We can do so much to take care of our bodies before we start introducing medications. She’s not anti-drug but she makes the case for better self care (sleep, nutrition, meditation, etc) and for a deeper understanding of how the medications we take impact our mental and physical health so we can make more informed decisions about those meds. Lots of informative stuff about menopause, sex, and how our fluctuating hormones impact us.
Karen
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Written in a conversational style, Moody Bitches is a must read, probably for all women, certainly for women in their forties. Don't let her common sense approach fool you, this is a thoroughly researched work with more than 50 pages of citations. I interrupted my husband's own reading numerous times to read parts of this aloud. Put down whatever you are reading right now and go get this book!
Veronica Grupico
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A combination of clinical and behavioral advice/observations on how to take care of our selves and better understand our body's natural cycles.
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Dr. Julie Holland is a board-certified psychiatrist in New York City. From 1996 to 2005, Dr. Holland ran the psychiatric emergency room of Bellevue Hospital on Saturday and Sunday nights. A liaison to the hospital's medical emergency room and toxicology department, she is considered an expert on street drugs and
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“We are not men. We are women. We feel more deeply, express our emotions more frequently, and get moody monthly. It’s normal. It’s nature’s way. And we don’t necessarily have to medicate away the essence of who we are to make others more comfortable.” 5 likes
“The problem with taking your happy pills and puttering along as before is that it's no better than sweeping dirt under the carpet. I want you to take that rug out back and beat the hell out of it.” 3 likes
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