|Research suggests female brains have more capacity reserved for language, memory, hearing and observing emotions in others.
Biologically this suggests that women’s emotionality is supposed to be a source of strength.
But New York psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland argues that we live in an epidemic of over-prescription of drugs that medicate away feelings.
And according to analyses of medical charts, women are more likely to be prescribed drugs than men are.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (S.S.R.I.s) are a frequently prescribed anti-depressant/anti-anxiety medication that enhances the “feel good” transmission in brains. However, it also blunts negative feelings—as well as some of the “good” ones—like empathy and creativity.
While there are many people who need these medications (and some who aren’t getting them), there are also people who are prescribed these medications to deal with unnatural stressors.
These stressors include lack of sleep, sunshine, nutritious food, movement, and even eye contact with others.
Women’s brain and body chemistry is meant to be in flux. Achieving invulnerability to emotional changes may be counter to being fully human.
As Dr. Holland eloquently put it in her NY Times article:
“Crying isn’t just about sadness. When we are scared, or frustrated, when we see injustice, when we are deeply touched by the poignancy of humanity, we cry. And some women cry more easily than others. It doesn’t mean we’re weak or out of control.”
May we all pursue our paths, seeking a healthy emotionality,