Sherman, a nationally recognized psychologist, shares experiences that women have been keeping secret: sexual assault, #MeToo, depression, sexual pleasure. At last someone who not only writes frankly, but brings science to the personal. Driven from her profession for testifying against a psychiatrist who had sexually abused a patient, she survived, conquering her depression and bipolar disorder. Medicated to near oblivion, she was sustained by her determination to uncover the origin of bipolar disorder. The theory she developed offers an alternative to the heavily prescribed medications that do more harm than help—an alternative she personally tested at the risk of her own sanity.
Meticulously researched and documented, Sherman's cutting-edge knowledge can be used to manage depression and bipolar disorder without drugs, as she demonstrates from her personal experience of being drug-free and healthy for twenty years. Written by a woman, for women, the book has nonetheless been warmly embraced by men.
At a time when truth is in short supply, Sherman challenges the medical establishment for their greed, fraud, and the moral bankruptcy of their treatment of the mentally ill, especially women. Sherman is in that brave tradition of women's marches demanding justice, equality, and political change. With the courage and pioneering spirit that characterized her life, Sherman leaves posterity an unforgettable story.
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About the Author
Born in 1934 in Akron, Ohio, Julia A. Sherman received her PhD from the State University of Iowa in 1957. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science and has been honored for her pioneering work in the scientific study of the psychology of women. In 1971, she published On the Psychology of Women: A Survey of Empirical Studies, and, later, her research on women and mathematics was recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as one of the most important contributions of the twentieth century.
She served on the APA Committee on Women and as Associate Editor of the nascent Psychology of Women Quarterly. Involved in the issue of therapist sexual misconduct as a member of an APA task force, she suffered the whistle blower’s fate when she testified against a powerful psychiatrist. Subsequently, recovered from a bout of depression and severe impairment from psychiatric drugs, she used her knowledge to pioneer a new non-drug treatment for depression and bipolar disorder based on chronobiology. One of her most significant contributions is a provocative new theory successfully predicting that genes for depression and mood swings come from Neanderthal.