A Journey into How Our Bodies Affect Our Minds and Why It's Difficult to Talk About It
By Eleanor Morgan
A personal investigation about women's hormones and the link between this and mental health. Hormonal will explore everything from contraception to PMS, in relation to anxiety, depression and taboos about hysteria and the hormonal woman.
Hormonal will become the definitive book for any woman who has felt, at some point, as though they were sat at the blinking control panel for a machine they didn't quite know how to work.
Combining her own experiences with extensive research and expert contributions, Eleanor Morgan explores the relationship between the female body, the female mind and the ways in which women's bodies are being medicalised. This book will explore everything from contraception to PMS, in relation to anxiety, depression and taboos about hysteria and the hormonal woman.
Eleanor Morgan has written and interviewed for the Guardian, the Observer, the Times, the Independent, GQ, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. She worked as Senior Editor at VICE UK, where she helped to manage the output of an ever-expanding editorial team at one of the fastest moving media organisations in the world and has become one of the sharpest, well-connected young voices in today's media landscape.
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04 Jul 2019
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A powerful and beautifully written account of Morgan's experiences with anxiety and depression, and a rigorously researched examination of why they happen and how they can be managed. As well as speaking to fellow sufferers, Morgan consults psychiatrists, psychologists, OCD specialists, gastroenterologists and nutritionists, and bones up on Kierkegaard, Freud and Hippocrates (the latter was the first to describe a patient with social anxiety).It is with a mixture of humanity and clear-sightedness that she analyses genetic and environmental influences, trauma, hormones, fertility, parenthood, medication, social stigma and language, all the while linking back to her own stories and those of fellow sufferers. In assuming the dual role of memoirist and investigative journalist, Morgan gradually comes to terms with her own anxiety disorder. She offers no firm answers or miracle cures, and is careful to remind us that, when it comes to mental illness, no two cases are the same. Her willingness to share what so many others strive to keep hidden, to thoroughly demystify her condition, is courageous and compelling — Guardian on Anxiety for Beginners
This fusion of memoir and scientific investigation is very accessible . . . with a generous dollop of humanity — Irish Times on Anxiety for Beginners