Women Conquering Depression How to Gain Control of Eating, Drinking, and Overthinking and Embrace a Healthier Life

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-05
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
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Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, the bestselling author of Women Who Think Too Much and a professor of psychology at Yale University, uncovers the cycle of self-medication and worry that can often trap women as they struggle with depressive moods. In Women Conquering Depression, Nolen-Hoeksema offers hands-on, practical advice and exercises to

Author Biography

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Yale University. She has been conducting research on women’s mental health for twenty years. She and her research have been profiled on the Today show, USA Today, and in The New York Times. The former director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan, Nolen-Hoeksema was awarded the Leadership Award and Early Career Award by the American Psychological Association and received an Excellence in Research Award from the University of Michigan. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and young son.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
The Toxic Trianglep. 1
Just How Toxic the Triangle Isp. 33
A Woman's Placep. 61
Our Bodies Conspire against Usp. 87
Thinking Our Way into the Toxic Trianglep. 111
Transforming Vulnerabilities into Strengthsp. 133
Moving toward a Healthier Youp. 163
Channeling Our Daughters' Strengthsp. 199
Resourcesp. 227
Notesp. 233
Acknowledgmentsp. 247
Indexp. 249
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What Is the Toxic Triangle?

Eating: Forty-five percent of women say they are chronically on a diet, while 32 percent of college-age women say they binge at least twice a month. Disordered eating is a common pattern in women caught in the Toxic Triangle.

Drinking: One in five women suffers from some form of alcohol abuse and more than 13 percent of women engage in binge drinking (five or more drinks in a couple of hours). Many drink to please a man or to ease stress, starting a cycle that affects emotional and physical health.

Overthinking: From a young age, girls are encouraged to develop "self-focused coping" behaviors that result in lifetime patterns of overthinking and depression--one in four women will suffer a severe depressive episode. Often when women begin overthinking, it causes them to smother their feelings in food or drown them in alcohol.

How Can Women Break Free?

"This book gives hope to women, as well as to their families and friends, that freedom from the Toxic Triangle is within our reach . . . Women's emotional and interpersonal sensitivities can be harnessed to create more effective and healthy ways of coping with stress.Eating, Drinking, Overthinkingwill give you the tools to do this." --From the Prologue

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