Prozac Nation

By Elizabeth Wurtzel

"A book that grew to become a cultural touchstone." -- The New Yorker

Elizabeth Wurtzel writes along with her finger within the faint pulse of an overdiagnosed generation whose ruling icons are Kurt Cobain, Xanax, and pierced tongues. In this famous memoir of her bouts with melancholy and skirmishes with medicines, Prozac Nation is a witty and sharp account of the psychopharmacology of an period for readers of Girl, Interrupted and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar.

 

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Yet after some time I couldn’t support myself. I encouraged such kindness and pity in humans by way of simply pointing out the note being pregnant. And while I went directly to clarify that I hadn’t been conscious of what had occurred to me that once I’d been knocked up I’d turn into so alienated from my very own physique that I hadn’t even spotted that i used to be lacking classes till i really awakened sooner or later soaked in my very own blood—when I extra in that issue i may continuously arouse a few feminist outrage. I had develop into so stable at asserting, glibly, Don’t provide me a difficult time, I’ve simply had a miscarriage, that I nearly forgot that it was once the reality. I felt like hell. i used to be bodily tired and emotionally empty, and in line with my accounting, I didn’t imagine I’d be capable of break out with utilizing the I-was-pregnant-and-didn’t-know-it-until excuse for extraordinarily for much longer. “You don’t want an excuse to be depressed,” Dr. Sterling informed me in a single of our classes. “You simply are. you might want to cease feeling in charge approximately it. Feeling responsible is simply making you extra depressed. ” “This goes to sound dumb,” i started, some distance too acutely aware that every thing I stated used to be so trite, “but, the item is, i actually don’t think like i've got a correct to be so depressing. i do know we will be able to glance again and say my father overlooked me, my mom smothered me, i used to be forever in an atmosphere that used to be incoherent to me, but—” yet what? What different excuses do you want? I wasn’t feeling gross sufficient to say Bergen-Belsen, melanoma, cystic fibrosis, and the entire different genuine purposes to be sorrowful. “But lots of people have challenging childhoods,” I persevered, “much tougher than mine, and so they develop up and get on with it. ” “A lot of them don’t. ” “I don’t care concerning the ones who don’t. i feel I could be between those that do. I’ve been so fortunate in such a lot of methods, had such a lot of compensations—” It made me ailing hearing myself. what number occasions and to what percentage therapists had I made this speech? while might I cease considering what right—what nerve—I needed to be depressed? adequate with this occurring approximately all my advantages. i used to be commencing to sound like a personality in a television motion picture with a name just like the most sensible Little woman on the earth or probably to be triumphant. “I don’t understand. the single advantage of this miscarriage is it’s given me a cause to consider awful. ” “So you're keen on tangible purposes? ” “Yes, after all. Doesn’t each person? ” “Well, no, no longer unavoidably. ” “That’s the explanation a suicide attempt has continually appealed to me. I suggest, when you consider that I’ve been this kind of cosmic failure in my various makes an attempt to get hooked on medicinal drugs and alcohol, the one poor factor i will see occurring will be if I have been to overdose or anything. Then humans may imagine i used to be quite in poor health and never simply form of depressed, that's what they suspect now. ” “You’ve received to forestall caring approximately what other folks imagine and take a look at to only pay attention to what you're feeling. ” “Oh God,” I acknowledged, “all I ever do is consider how i think, and all I ever believe is poor. ” “Well,” Dr. Sterling spoke back with a sigh, ahead of saying it used to be time for us to forestall, “I bet that’s why you’re the following.

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