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Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
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Jun 10, 09

bookshelves: biographies, non-fiction, psychology
Read in June, 2009

This book nailed the experience of untreated depression smack on the head. Wurtzel is a great writer who manages to convey both the despondency of the depressed and the exasperated aggravation of everyone around the depressed with a clarity I didn't think was possible. Having dealt with similar emotional problems in the past, this book periodically triggered a few less than pleasant memories and emotions, which made reading the book difficult at times, but I don't hold that against it, since, if anything, it serves as a good example of how well written and engaging the writing is. Also, the epilogue and afterword in this edition both serve as good examples of the fact that, even with therapy and medication, severe depression can still affect one's outlook on life, since Wurtzel, while significantly improved by the end of her memoir, still ends up taking a slightly pessimistic view of life, the universe, and everything. This "show, rather than tell" quality of the last two sections does a great job of supporting the book's (implicit) thesis that depression is something that is dealt with, not cured. Excellent work.

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Lani Have you read her other two books? I recommend reading More, Now, Again and THEN Bitch. Both are interesting for a variety of reasons.

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