- Julie Holland: American women taking too many anti-depressants, blunting their valuable emotional reactivity, creating new normal
- She says anti-depressants dampen moodiness, but it's healthy, useful for women to be moody. Changing natural state damages society
Julie Holland is a psychiatrist who has practiced in New York City for the past 20 years. She is the author of "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." She will be taking your questions live, with CNN's Kelly Wallace, in a Facebook chat this Friday. Join the chat Friday at 12:00 noon E.T. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Modern women are suffering from an energy crisis. Competing in the workplace, caring for aging parents and trying teenagers, and busier than ever, we use anything we can to duct-tape our lives and ourselves together: comfort foods, alcohol, energy drinks, and an expanding array of antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds, painkillers and amphetamines. All in an effort to maintain our unnatural pace.