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Women Conquering Depression: How to Gain Control of Eating, Drinking, and Overthinking and Embrace a Healthier Life [NOOK Book]

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From the author of Women Who Think Too Much, a groundbreaking book that uncovers a hidden source of depression in women today

Depression is a common and debilitating problem among women, though it rarely occurs in a vaccum. As Susan Nolen-Hoeksema’s original research shows, overthinking—a tendency to ruminate on problems rather than to seek solutions—often co-exists with unhealthy eating habits and/or heavy drinking. In fact, 80 percent of women who report suffering from one of...

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

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Overview


From the author of Women Who Think Too Much, a groundbreaking book that uncovers a hidden source of depression in women today

Depression is a common and debilitating problem among women, though it rarely occurs in a vaccum. As Susan Nolen-Hoeksema’s original research shows, overthinking—a tendency to ruminate on problems rather than to seek solutions—often co-exists with unhealthy eating habits and/or heavy drinking. In fact, 80 percent of women who report suffering from one of those also suffer from another. This groundbreaking book, written in a vivid narrative style that captures the complexities of women’s lives today, explains how the three core problems of the Toxic Triangle reinforce one another, wreaking havoc on women’s emotional well-being, physical health, relationships, and careers.

Escape is possible, Nolen-Hoeksema assures us, for those who are already aware that they suffer from a serious problem as well as for the hundreds of thousands of others who have not yet examined the role that bingeing and purging—on negative thoughts, food, or alcohol—plays in their lives. Nolen-Hoeksema shows women how to harness their emotional and interpersonal strengths to overcome the stress caused by a destructive relationship with food, alcohol, and overthinking so that they can fashion effective, healthier strategies for living the life they deserve.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429948623
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 379,797
  • File size: 244 KB

Meet the Author


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.


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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, Overthinking will give you the tools to do this." --From the Prologue

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The Toxic Triangle 1

2 Just How Toxic the Triangle Is 33

3 A Woman's Place 61

4 Our Bodies Conspire against Us 87

5 Thinking Our Way into the Toxic Triangle 111

6 Transforming Vulnerabilities into Strengths 133

7 Moving toward a Healthier You 163

8 Channeling Our Daughters' Strengths 199

Resources 227

Notes 233

Acknowledgments 247

Index 249

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