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Women's Moods, Women's Minds: What Every Woman Must Know About Hormones, the Brain, and Emotional Health

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Nearly twice as many women as men suffer from depression or anxiety, interfering with their ability to work and care for themselves and their loved ones. Now, Deborah Sichel and Jeanne Watson Driscoll show how depression and anxiety are the result of a process of long-term chemical "loading" as the brain repeatedly "revs up" in response to stress. Here, they share their un ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 5th 2000 by Harper Paperbacks (first published November 17th 1999)
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Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women with depression or mood disorders; men in any relationship with a woman with a mood disorder
Recommended to Rosie by: my therapist
I read this many years ago after I was diagnosed with postpartum depression. It was so helpful to me that I have since recommended it to almost any woman I've met who seemed to be struggling with some form of depression. At least two women I gave copies to have told me it helped them greatly. It is extremely insightful and will help you understand the workings of your brain. I also think male partners of women struggling with a mood disorder should read this.

The book is more than 10 years old,
Christina Hibbert
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dr-hibberts-pics
Excellent resource! I've read it many times and use it all the time to help women (and the men who love them) understand the connection between their bodies, brains, and life experiences. See my blog post, "Women's Emotions" for more of my thoughts on this.
Aug 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Any of my female friends & their husbands
Recommended to Wendi by: Tiffany Ulmer
A friend of mine, Tiffany Ulmer, highly suggested this book to me after many conversations we've had on the topic.

It's been facinating so far - a little heavy on the "determination/victimization/blame it on chemistry" slant, but still very informative. It's helped me understand how I am affected by my changing hormone cycles, giving me a greater tool to make better choices to manage my migraines, monthly moodiness, post-partum depression, etc.

I also like the "NURSE" program they write about (Nu
Diana Bogan
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
The book definitely has value; I'd certainly recommend reading it whether you're male or female. It validated my own suspicions that hormones play a much larger role in mood and mental health, so I appreciated much of the first section. Apart from the NURSE program it seems that pharmaceuticals are required to resolve just about every scenario described in the book. While I understand that this very well may be necessary, I do wish that there was some insight into whether there are natural alter ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I got this book as a reference tool for a case I'm working on. It did give me some general information and some pithy quotes I will use in my briefing, but I do wish more formal citations had been provided -- so I could use those too! The courts like authoritative cites. I did find the personal aspects informative, although the medication portions are quite out of date. I really liked the emphasis on self-care for women (N.U.R.S.E.) and the political emphasis on how much the effect of hormones h ...more
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
The assertion the title gives is a quite inaccurate. While some of the information contained in the book is useful for women in general, almost all is specifically for women who struggle with extreme cases of mental illness including bipolar disorder, severe depression, PMDD, postpartum psychosis and the like. I did not find it useful for myself but perhaps would recommend it for those who need further insights into the conditions stated previously.

The prescription given is simple and is not we
Dec 02, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a good book that I have had for a while (published in 2000). I am currently seeing a doctor who is helping me sort out just what is going on with my blood levels of various hormones and vitamins, etc so I thought I would read it again. This book has a a great message and is thoroughly researched but it does not deal with when your hormone levels are not what they should be (which is the case for me). But I like that they explain clearly why some women are more prone to being affected by ...more
Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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This is a Must Read book for any women, in my opinion. It is slightly scientific in parts but really helps you understand the extreme complexity of a women's biology and how that can effect your brain, emotions, and physical body throughout the course of your life. Ladies - you are not crazy! What I learned from this book is that our mental health can be directly effected by the chemical biology that makes women tick. Anyway, I have a copy and would be happy to share it with any woman who wants ...more
Mar 29, 2009 rated it liked it
A great book to learn about mood disorders (depression, anxiety) and how women's hormones play a huge, yet unappreciated role in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders. Written about 10 years ago, so not sure if modern day medicine has incorporated the effects of hormones into treatment plans; if so, the book may be a bit outdated. I thought they could've expanded more on understanding how to "take care of your brain) via the NURSE program.
It could've been a shorter book. I feel like topi
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again
Very informative book! Probably something men should read lmao. We ain't cray. We ain't have emotional problems. WE HAVE DAMN ESTROGEN AND HORMONES THAT MESS US UP.
Although now I fear I may be susceptible to postpartum depression lmao... Go women. And curse Eve.

note to self: only read up to part 3: pregnancy (as this chapter forward do not apply to me and hopefully will not in the impending future....)
Sally Ewan
Oct 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I picked up this book because I've been having a lot of trouble lately coping with my emotions, and I'm assuming it's due to hormones. However, this book was not much help. It didn't explain things very well. The author mentioned depression quite often, leaving me wondering how I would distinguish between depression and peri-menopausal issues. And now I'm also concerned about my bone density. So this didn't help at all. Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly!! ...more
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was way overdue and much appreciated when it came out (1999). Of course i didn't know about it until 2008 because of an Oprah show. Knowledge is power. What more can I say? I really would like to see it updated again because I think these two professionals have seen much more that could be helpful to a new generation of women. Their approach is mostly medication centered but how they explain the physiology of hormones and the brain is fascinating and empowering. ...more
Jan 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a very informative book dealing with the complex connection between the stages of a woman's life with regards to life experiences/reproductive history, etc., hormones, and emotional health in general. It can be a dry read at times due to the intricate discussion of the psysiological processes of the brain and endocrine system. But very important concepts that women free women from being victims. Highlights the physical imbalances that cause depression and emotional upheaval... ...more
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Everyone women should read this book. I also think Dad's should too if they have daughters. It takes you through the hormonal life of a women from a young girl to senior. It's a WEALTH of information that is written in a way that is easy to read. ...more
Mar 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
I found some serious inacccuracies in this book. The most egregious one I found was the suggestion that a hypomanic episode can last from a few hours to a few days.

It's more like a few hours to a few months.
Amy K
Feb 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
I skipped around to parts most interested in. Using the chart in the back to record mood changes in order to better understand. Feeling optimistic about how this could help me better understand my emotions.
Aug 29, 2009 rated it liked it
Very educational, if a bit dry and text-book like. I would recommend it, however, to any woman who is struggling with depression and feels like it is her fault.
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Every woman must read this.
Apr 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Makes tons of sense. A good reminder of how important it is to take care of ourselves
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
The title should include men also. In fact, as valuable for sons, husbands, brothers as for sisters and daughters and moms. The information is a bit dated now, of course.
Jun 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
This was more about PMDD and PPD than general hormones, not what I was expecting.
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Apr 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
lots of good info on women's health. ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Very eye opening! Loved the mapping of traumatic experiences in one lives and how that impacts monthly emotional highs and lows.
Dec 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Good info. about the roles that hormones play. Wish more health professionals were aware of connections.
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