Elizabeth Wurtzel writes with her finger in the faint pulse of a generation whose ruling icons are Kurt Cobain, Xanax, and pierced tongues. A memoir of her bouts with depression and skirmishes with drugs, Prozac Nation still manages to be a witty and sharp account of the psychopharmacology of an era. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Twenty-six-year-old Wurtzel, a former critic of popular music for New York and the New Yorker, recounts in this luridly intimate memoir the 10 years of chronic, debilitating depression that preceded her treatment with Prozac in 1990. After her parents' acrimonious divorce, Wurtzel was raised by her mother on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The onset of puberty, she recalls, also marked the onset of recurrent bouts of acute depression, sending her spiraling into episodes of catatonic despair, masochism and hysterical crying. Here she unsparingly details her therapists, hospitalizations, binges of sex and drug use and the paralyzing spells of depression which afflicted her in high school and as a Harvard undergraduate and culminated in a suicide attempt and ultimate diagnosis of atypical depression, a severe, episodic psychological disorder. The title is misleading, for Wurtzel skimps on sociological analysis and remains too self-involved to justify her contention that depression is endemic to her generation. By turns emotionally powerful and tiresomely solipsistic, her book straddles the line between an absorbing self-portrait and a coy bid for public attention. First serial to Vogue, Esquire and Mouth2Mouth.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I had really high hopes for this book, and the first few chapters weren't so bad. However, that doesn't last long. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dana Pellegrino
This was hard for me to read. And by that, I mean it was hard to force myself to turn the page because I was so bored. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katie
I don't know how else to say this but....this book is boring as $h!t. It really doesn't draw you in like i hoped. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah LaRue
Prozac Nation helped me to realize that I'm not alone in suffering from depression. Elizabeth Wurtzel's memoir hit home with me
in quite a few ways: from the general apathy of... Read more
This is an extremely well written, but not fun, account of the life of a young woman suffering from a serious mood disorder. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carol J. Berkus