Feminist icon Chesler's pioneering work—2.5 million copies sold—revised and updated for the first time in 30 years. This definitive book was the first to address critical questions about women and mental health. Combining patient interviews with an analysis of women's roles in history, society, and myth Chesler concludes that there is a terrible double standard when it comes to women's psychology. In this new edition, she addresses head-on many of the most relevant issues to women and mental health today, including eating disorders, social acceptance of antidepressants, addictions, sexuality, postpartum depression, and more. Fully revised and updated, Women and Madness remains as important today as it was when first published in 1972.
Praise for earlier editions:
"Intense, rapid, brilliant. A pioneer contribution to the feminization of psychiatric thinking and practice."—Adrienne Rich, Front Page, The New York Times Book Review
"Challenges the definition of madness itself. No serious future studies will be able to ignore its theories or its very existence."—Gloria Steinem, Ms. Magazine
"A stunning book . . . absolutely fascinating . . . necessary to every woman in America."—Los Angeles Times