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Prozac Nation Paperback – October 1, 1995
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Personally, I found it interesting and revealing. No matter where she went, or what she was doing, or how much her friends cared about her, she still had those same old symptoms. That's clinical depression as opposed to someone who is in a difficult situation and therefore feeling lousy.
She needs to make this abundantly clear, because the final point, and the justification for her book's title, depends on the reader understanding the depth and breadth of her depression, and the etiology of it-- or lack of a clear cause, if that is a better way to put it. Wurtzel is not unhappy because her parents are divorcing, or because she was forced to go summer after summer to camps she hated, or because she disliked her afterschool program, or because high school was difficult for her academically (it wasn't). She's just depressed because there's something about Elizabeth Wurtzel that is bound to be depressed.
This leads into her late stated thesis: Prozac, and drugs like it are the Philosopher's Stone for people with this kind of ontological depression. But everyone seems to be taking something for the mildest and most transient of melancholias. Prozac has almost become a by-word for something doctors throw at hypochondriacs to make them go away.Read more ›
What was curious is that she skipped her entire high school years. I kept looking to see if I missed something, but oops, Wurtzel forget to put it in. She takes us through middle school, where she's starting to cut her legs, be depressed, and fail in school. She's starting to be a mess. And then all of a sudden, we go from age 12 to Harvard! Umm, what happened in between? How did she manage to get into Harvard? Did she become unpsychotic, pull up her grades, attend high school as a normal girl? Did her depression go on vacation for 4 years, and then come back to her in college? I found this rather distracting, as she gives no information on how she ended up there, and who is paying for her bill.
Anyway, I got about 2/3 through and then just stopped because it got repetitive. The same story. There was no growth, no change, Wurtzel didn't seem to want to get rid of her depression. She was now in her early 20s yet acted like the ten year old she was earlier in the book.
Judging from the skipped high school years, I tend to think she made a lot of this up. And that really bothered me.
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As someone currently on Prozac for depression, I knew I had to read this book to see how, if at all, I could identify with what the author described herself going through. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Jamie Ghione
perhaps the book shape its not the best but the only thing that really matters is the great story telling and heart breaking story that give this book to any reader.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
The irony of this book is that she is most likely bipolar and shouldn't have been taking antidepressants in the first place.Published 14 days ago by SDF
As someone who was originally diagnosed clinically depressed at age 8 and then re-diagnosed with MDD (major depressive disorder) at age 15, I can connect with the author. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jules Riddle
On the back of Prozac Nation there are blurbs from various news outlets about the book, and in one of the review blurbs, the New York Times calls Prozac Nation... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melissa
I had my reservations as I started out to read this book, but I could hardly put it down; though at times I had to, if only to give myself a break from the escalating hysteria that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by The fat cat
So, I made it about 25% of the way through the book and have just given up on it, altogether. I journeyed here, to the comments section, to see what other people thought. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
While the book can provoke thoughts and a view of the world inside one who is depressed, to be blunt, its just really boring and bland.Published 5 months ago by Katz