Eating, Drinking, Overthinking: The Toxic Triangle of Food, Alcohol, and Depression--and How Women Can Break Free

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Macmillan, Dec 26, 2006 - Self-Help - 272 pages
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A noted expert on women and depression offers a guide to balancing women's relationship to eating, alcohol, and overthinking

Based on extensive original research, Eating, Drinking, Overthinking is the first book to show women how they can navigate the often painful and destructive worlds of the title.

While it is widely known that women suffer from depression in disproportionately large numbers, what is less well known is the extent to which many women use food and alcohol to regulate their moods. Integrating the insights of her popular first book, Women Who Think Too Much, Yale psychologist Susan Nolen-Hoeksema has written a pathbreaking and highly readable account of the ways in which eating, drinking, and overthinking, can wreak havoc on women's emotional well-being, physical health, relationships, and careers.

As Eating, Drinking, Overthinking reveals, the coping strategies that lead women into the "toxic triangle" can be turned around to guide them out of it. Instead of letting negative thoughts gain the advantage, Nolen-Hoeksema provides exercises to help women manage their thoughts and maintain a balanced perspective.


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Many people use alcohol or food to cope when life gets difficult. Psychologist Nolen-Hoeksema (Women Who Think Too Much) believes that women in particular often combine unhealthy eating and/or ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Yale University. She has been conducting award-winning research on women's mental health for twenty years and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation. She and her research have been profiled on the Today show and in The New York Times.

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