Maybe Women are More Moody, Maybe Drugs are Not a Good Response


The Globe and Mail interviews psychiatrist Julie Holland about her new book, 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.

“Holland argues that women aren’t meant to be stoic and static. She says the characteristics for which women are often accused of being ‘hysterical’ are not only natural, they’re essential to women’s physical, emotional and mental well-being,” reports the Globe. “Too often, however, women turn to psychiatric drugs to achieve emotional stability, even when medication is not clinically needed, Holland says. According to an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development report, Canada had the third-highest level of consumption of antidepressants in 2011 among 23 member countries, not including the United States.”

In a separate interview with World Science Festival, Holland says, “One thing is: you really need to feel your feelings instead of trying to push them down or away. We spend a lot of time being told—and feeling—that it’s not good to be sad, it’s not good to scared, it’s not good to be angry, so we’re trying not to feel these things. That repression requires tremendous amount of energy. One of the reasons people are so sad and anxious is because they’re pushing down what they feel when the easiest thing is to give into the feeling, to be real about what you’re feeling and conveying it to other people: not saying ‘yes’ when you mean ‘no,’ or saying it’s not a problem when it is.”

Why moody women would be better off not suppressing their feelings (Globe and Mail, March 24, 2015)

Smart Reads: Julie Holland’s ‘Moody Bitches’ (World Science Festival, March 10, 2015)


  1. Psychiatry is sexist, racist, classist and in general oppressive and in that it fulfills it’s function of keeping certain groups of people “in-line”. Sadly, now any form of natural and necessary human emotionality is being pathologized.

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  2. How’s this for a sexist diagnosis?

    Histrionic personality. “HPD is characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking emotions, usually beginning in early adulthood, including inappropriately seductive behavior and an excessive need for approval. Histrionic people are lively, dramatic, vivacious, enthusiastic, and flirtatious. HPD affects four times as many women as men.”

    It’s a mental illness for all the chauvinistic, misogynistic, or perverted psychiatrists to defame all the pretty and pleasant women who were suffering from the withdrawal symptoms of Wellbutrin, the “happy, horny, skinny drug.

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    • Maybe because most of them are not so well-looking guys who never got to a real medical profession and they can never hook up with any “HPD character” so they turn around and start talking of disorders. It’s really pathetic that this is the kind of people who run our society.

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