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Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
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Aug 08, 12

it was amazing

I really can't grasp how anyone is capable of saying her description of depression was dramatic and self centered; Especially considering the disease it self is so self centered to begin with, to feel so alone, and to feel like no one understands is part of depression. I'm a college student, made most of the same mistakes she has, and was diagnosed with depression 5 years ago. I've read plenty of books on depression and I've never come across a book that so easily described my feelings. What makes her books fantastic is her bluntness and how unconcerned she is with the opinions of others. I always found a lot of comfort in her ability to admit that she feared being cured of the illness, she felt defined by it- I related so much to that, depression stops being a part of you and becomes all of you if you let it, and when you know nothing else, you don't want to let it go. Wurtzel captured every emotion I've ever felt with depression- the anger, the sadness, the inability to function, and being infinitely exhausted. Granted, maybe everyone doesn't suffer the same depression, because not everyone's minds work alike- but this is how it happened for me, and maybe those of you who didn't like the book didn't suffer through the depression the same way, or at all.

“...occasionally I wished I could walk through a picture window and have the sharp, broken shards slash me to ribbons so I would finally look like I felt."
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Beaty Richardson THANK YOU! I have to stay away from these reviews because the ignorance is causing me to need a higher dosage.

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