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Eating, Drinking, Overthinking

The Toxic Triangle of Food, Alcohol, and Depression--and How Women Can Break Free

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema

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What causes the vicious cycles of binge eating, drinking, and overthinking that troubles so many women? Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, whom USA Today calls "one of the nation's leading authorities on women and depression," examines how these three problems, each fairly commonplace in women's lives, can work together to seriously threaten their health and well-being.
 
As Susan Nolen-Hoeksema revealed in her book Women Who Think Too Much, women are especially prone to overthinking. Now, in Eating, Drinking, Overthinking, she describes how women who begin by overthinking will often smother their negative feelings in food or drown them in alcohol: as many as 80 percent of the women who report suffering from one "arm" of this toxic triangle report suffering from one or both of the others.
 
* 45 percent of women report that they are chronically on a diet, while 32 percent of college-age women say they binge-eat at least twice a month.
 
* 1 in 5 adult women suffers from some form of alcohol abuse and over 12 percent engage in binge drinking.
 
* 1 in 4 women will suffer a severe depressive episode at least once in her lifetime, while over 13 percent experience mild symptoms of depression.
 
In her book, Susan Nolen-Hoeksema shows women how to harness their emotional and personal strengths to overcome the stress caused by a destructive relationship with food, alcohol, and overthinking. Readers learn how to transform their vulnerabilities into strengths, as well as how to establish new, realistic standards to live by and stay healthy. Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema goes even further, addressing the ways in which young women are particularly vulnerable to the toxic triangle, and explains how they can avoid it. Eating, Drinking, Overthinking will help women create effective, healthy strategies for living the life they deserve.

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  • Susan Nolen-Hoeksema

  • 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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The Toxic Triangle of Food, Alcohol, and Depression--and How Women Can Break Free

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema

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