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Prozac Nation Paperback – October 1, 1995
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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.
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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.
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I haven't experienced a condition similar to Elizabeth's myself, but I know a close person who has, and reading the novel has helped me understand better what she was going through - and shudder at the image.
In the end, the author leaves the readers with lots of relevant social questions to ponder, the first and foremost of them being the reasons why so many people are becoming clinically unhappy, and what we should make of the easiness with which Prozac and other drugs are prescribed in this country.
If you are interested in such issues, this is definitely a book to read!
hard to find in traditional bookstores, got it with my birthday amazon gift card, it was a good read, about the author dealing with her severe depression, it goes through her life in NYC, the split of her parents' marriage, her distant father, and shaky, and at times, neurotic Mother.
It explores the orgins of depression, environment vs. genetic.
At times funny at times very sad.
I found it to be a very well written book
covering the beginning of her descent into depression
and then her triumph in understanding her disease and getting
some kind of hold on it, and then finally learning to accept and
live with it.