"The most powerful thing a woman can do is be informed, know herself, know her limits, know what she needs, ask for it, and be respected for asking. Wouldn't that help all of us?" Eleanor Morgan uses this book not to prescribe answers but to start a discussion about hormones and women's health. She paints a well-rounded and well-researched picture of the topic while being upfront about where the research is lacking. Morgan also delves into the historical (mis)information and the social implications of not believing women. Most of all I appreciated the moments of validation - good experiences or bad, there's comfort in knowing I'm not the only one. — From Sarah's Picks
A riveting exploration of the link between women's hormones and mental health--with advice, personal testimony, facts, and research creating a portrait of how hormones contribute to make up the "female animal"
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"An urgent page-turner connecting the thread between the author's own reproductive history to the cultural, political, and social factors that convince women their bodies are up for grabs, Eleanor Morgan makesa convincing case for calling out the patriarchal systems that substitute the word "crazy" for real care. Reading Hysterical should be a rite of passage for every woman who wants to relearn her body and reclaim her self."—Sheila Hamilton, author of All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness and host of the podcast Beyond Well
"Hysterical is a thoroughly researched book on women's bodies and women's emotions, our moods and our physical memories. A topic that should never go out of style, especially in a time when our reproductive rights are being overturned and horrifically discarded, Eleanor Morgan has written and created a definitive road map for all of us. Filled with wisdom and wit and brilliant insight, Morgan covers everything from menstruation to menopause to the #MeToo movement, from PMS to PMDD to PTSD, from dietary supplements to dietary issues to hormonal replacement therapies. To quote Morgan, 'It is in our capacity to inquire, analyze, look around and ask for better that we are most powerful.' Eleanor Morgan has done just that."—Amy Ferris, author of Marrying George Clooney: Confessions from a Midlife Crisis and editor of Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue
"Power through knowledge is precisely what [Eleanor Morgan] sets out to give her readers in this exploration into the myriad ways the body affects the mind. From a refresher course on the menstrual cycle to the societal and cultural ways in which women's bodies are controlled, Hormonal feels like an essential guide in helping us truly understand our cores."—Vogue UK
"The essential hormone handbook."—Stylist