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Women's moods : what every woman must know about hormones, the brain, and emotional health
Author:
Sichel, Deborah.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xiv, 352 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780688148980
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Book

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Depression and anxiety are rampant in America. Twice as many women as men are afflicted. They suffer in silence, are misdiagnosed, or aren't even aware of their risk. Here is a bold new explanation for why women's unique brain chemistry makes them vulnerable to mood problems.and what they can do about it. Only this book details all the risk factors, including the brain's sensitivity to female hormones, life stresses, reproductive events, and a woman's genetic history.

Combining more than forty years of clinical work with their own personal experiences, the authors share a self-care program that helps the brain self-stabilize to alleviate and prevent problems. They also advocate early, customized use of medication before problems become entrenched. This powerful, proven approach is a call to awareness for women who have been trying to "be strong" for too long.

Both authors are sought-after speakers, known for their sensitive, no-nonsense presentations, guaranteed to fill the auditorium. They continue their work with women through the Hestia Institute, a collaborative practice they co-founded in Wellesley, Massachusetts.Depression and anxiety are rampant in America. Twice as many women as men are afflicted. They suffer in silence, are misdiagnosed, or aren't even aware of their risk. Here is a bold new explanation for why women's unique brain chemistry makes them vulnerable to mood problems.and what they can do about it. Only this book details all the risk factors, including the brain's sensitivity to female hormones, life stresses, reproductive events, and a woman's genetic history.


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Booklist Review

A woman's biology is still seemingly invisible to many psychiatrists, obstetricians, gynecologists, and other physicians. Sichel, a psychiatrist, and Driscoll, a nurse, have carefully created a book that should help open the eyes of health-care professionals and patients alike. The biological processes that make women different from men affect not only mental health but also such major life events as pregnancy. Sichel and Driscoll describe many real cases, a common theme of which is the patient's surprise and gratitude when the patient realizes she has actually found a physician or nurse who listens, understands, asks relevant questions, and can offer practical suggestions for overcoming or at least managing the presenting problems. Sichel and Driscoll's therapeutic program can be summed up by NURSE, which they regard as an acronym whose letters stand for nourishment and needs, understanding, rest and relaxation, spirituality, and exercise. They write clearly and support their arguments with solid, pertinent references. --William Beatty


Publisher's Weekly Review

"Have you taken care of your brain today?" The question arises frequently in this look at how women's hormones affect not only their moods but their lives. According to Sichel (a Harvard Medical School professor specializing in psychiatry and neurology) and Driscoll (a clinical nurse specialist known for her work in women's psychology and hormonal issues), the way a woman's hormones function in relation to her brain (and thus her entire body) dictates how her life will unfold. Drawing on women's personal stories as well as on clinical studies, Sichel and Driscoll explain why a woman's transit through her menstrual cycle affects her moods; why the devastating, complex effects of postpartum depression "are the biggest complication of birth today"; and how female hormonal imbalance undoubtedly causes depression. Readers are invited to utilize NURSE (nourishment, understanding, relaxation, spirituality and exercise)Äthe secrets to keeping brain function optimal. Whether a woman is menstrual, pregnant, postnatal, periomenopausal or menopausal, this book offers a wealth of detailed information on how to maintain proper hormonal balance and thus a happy and productive life. 10-city author tour. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

A Harvard Medical School instructor in psychiatry and a certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, respectively, the authors are also founders of the Hestia Institute, aimed at teaching self-care programs to women. Here they explain why women are much more prone to depression than men and what can be done about it. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.