Book Review: Female Brain Gone Insane

How many times have you asked yourself the following question?

“What is wrong with me?!”

Work is good, home life is good, kids are good. And yet, we feel anxious, weepy, irritable, fatigued … you name the not-so-nice state of mind and we are feeling it. So, when I was asked to review Mia Lundin’s Female Brain Gone Insane, I leaped at the opportunity based on the title alone.

Ms. Lundin is a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. At the age of 34, she suffered severe post-partum depression. She found immediate relief through injections of natural progesterone. This peaked her interest in the connection between hormonal balance and brain chemistry. She went onto become the founder and director of the Center for Hormonal and Nutritional Balance.

I am very big on listening to our own bodies, and that is what this book is all about. Too often I hear stories about women in their forties and fifties being prescribed anti-depressants. But nowhere in the telling of the tale is any talk of being perimenopausal and menopausal. No talk about eating habits. No talk of exercise habits. Just “I felt bad and my doctor gave me Prozac. Now I feel okay.”

Not, now I feel great. Just okay.

The Female Brain Gone Insane is about tuning into the natural rhythms of our bodies, and associating our state of mind to those rhythms.

It is a practical guide which provides an explanation of how our hormone levels fluctuate throughout the month, and throughout our lifetime.

The book first describes our hormones and how their fluctuating levels affect our state of mind. Then the pros and cons of synthetic versus bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are explained. And finally, we get a Four Step Guide to return us to the sane being we know we really are.

I have read several books on the connection between hormonal balance and state of mind. However, Female Brain Gone Insane is the first one that suggests that I, not a doctor, have the wherewithal to figure out what is going on in my own body.

By using the worksheet included in the book, I can track my moods every day of the month, and look for patterns. Based on those patterns, treatments in terms of supplements and bioidentical hormones are proposed.

Fully armed with my mood patterns and suggested treatments, I can then go and partner with my health care professional.

Granted, this is going to take effort on my behalf. I have to develop the habit of recording my daily moods, as well as my menstrual cycle. I have to do the analysis, and I have to take the necessary steps to feel better.

Female Brain Gone Insane has given me all the tools and information to figure out why I am feeling out of sorts.  This will enable me to take control of my body and emotions.

Sounds like a little effort for a lot of gain.

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  1. I like this:
    “I have read several books on the connection between hormonal balance and state of mind. However, Female Brain Gone Insane is the first one that suggests that I, not a doctor, have the wherewithal to figure out what is going on in my own body.”

    I wonder what the world would be like if we didn’t go through this hormonal upheaval.

    • @Lori – well, an easier ride for our kids and partners :-) However, I think this hormonal upheaval is necessary, albeit quite often annoying and frustrating. I find that along with the changing hormones comes changing attitudes about ourselves and others. I think it boils down to ‘hells bells, if I can survive my own body, I can certainly survive all of you’ *grin*

  2. Eliza, what a wonderful review. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the book and I have to agree with your final statement, “Sounds like a little effort for a lot of gain”. Right on. We’re worth it, aren’t we?

    Thank you so much for the time and effort that went into reading and reviewing this book. it is greatly appreciated.

    • @Lisa – Yes.We.Are! :-) And it was my pleasure reviewing this book. I have already lent out my copy to a co-worker, and I am excited about being able to give away a copy in my upcoming contest.

  3. Getting my book review ready for post tomorrow….I was an amazing book and I am so happy to be writing about it. You did a great job here – Hope the word gets out – this is certainly helpful knowledge

    • @Patricia – oh good, I thought you were posting today and I couldn’t find your review. I’ll be over tomorrow to take a look :-) And yes, this is very important information that needs to get out there.

  4. It will be up tonight for the 26th post…I do not usually post on Tuesdays but it must go up by tonight.
    Vital book

  5. gillis mclean says:

    Read Eckhart Tolle and John Lee…worlds apart but the same conclusion….I look forward to reading this book….However I do not like the may be a good ‘book selling tool’ but it implies and uses the same meaning as PMT or PMS or any other ‘label’…women are not going insane or anything like it..but we will if the main keep telling us we are!

    • Gillis – very good points, and I absolutely agree with you. And yes, it is probably a marketing technique. But, good marketing feeds back to the consumer their own words. Many women who are experiencing extreme symptoms of menopause or PMS do describe themselves as feeling like they are going crazy. So, it’s a Catch 22. To sell books to assure women they are not going insane, authors first have to grab their attention with the word insane.

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