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By Elizabeth Wurtzel

"A book that turned 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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I wished psychotropic medicines, I informed her. i wished her to prescribe me whatever that will make the rushes of distress cease. i needed to damage the black wave. “Elizabeth,” she acknowledged, “there is not any tablet on this planet that’s going to make you are feeling larger. we don't have any method of measuring even if you could have any type of deficiency or now not. the way in which we diagnose humans for psychological disease is only anecdotal, after which we prescribe drugs that we think will go well with the sufferer most sensible by way of trial and blunder. on account that there’s no longer a blood attempt to become aware of melancholy or schizophrenia, we simply need to work out what works in addition to we will. I see out of your checklist that you’ve been the following a number of occasions this year”—she stated this whereas taking a look down at eco-friendly and blue pages that my file—“so i'd like to assist you if i'll. yet I guarantee you from what you’ve instructed me, and what I’m analyzing right here, that your challenge isn't chemical. ” “But isn’t there a few drug i will be able to take so i will cease feeling unsatisfied on the very unlikely instances? ” I requested. i used to be able to scream, provide me lithium or supply me loss of life! “I suggest, i've got each cause to be relatively satisfied and I’m no longer, and to me it sounds as if i have to be chemically poor. It’s no longer general to have those emotions for no cause. and i've violent temper swings too. One minute I’m ecstatic and the following I’m depressing. possibly I’m a manic-depressive and perhaps i want lithium. I hold considering that. I preserve considering all these well-known manic-depressives like Anne Sexton who weren’t clinically determined till overdue in existence, in order that they suffered with those terrible highs and lows like I do, while lithium may have helped all of them alongside. ” i used to be awaiting her to assert anything like, You’re no Anne Sexton, yet she didn’t so I endured. “I simply, Dr. Saltenstahl, I simply don’t are looking to turn out a tragedy, and that i imagine that’s the place I’m heading and that i need assistance. ” “Look, Elizabeth,” she acknowledged, and her voice was once telling me, My persistence is countless and unrelenting, and but, it's nonetheless one way or the other restricted, so simply take heed to me and comprehend what I’m announcing. “It isn't really unusual of your iteration to appear for the chemical therapy for every little thing. Wouldn’t or not it's great if lets all take chuffed capsules and make the undesirable leave? we are living in a drug tradition, either criminal and differently. yet I’m unlikely to lie and inform you that a few tablet may assist you while i do know it wouldn’t. From what you’ve advised me approximately your mom and dad, specially approximately your father, you’ve grown super indifferent through the years, as a safety mechanism. You don’t want medicines, Elizabeth. What you actually need is shut, being concerned relationships. you must belief an individual. you must imagine everyone is ok. ” “How am i able to imagine whatever is ok whilst every thing turns out so terrible? ” i began to sniffle. “I need assistance. ” medicinal drugs! Please! “I agree,” she acknowledged, shaking her head. “You are patently a truly stricken individual and it’s going to take loads of remedy to paintings via your difficulties. ” Deep breath, as though from exhaustion. “It takes decades and many pondering. It’s not easy to alter your lifestyles styles.

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