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Friday, September 2, 2011

Prozac Nation

Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America by Elizabeth Wurtzel is touted as a must-read for anyone interested in the depression/drug/whatever genre.  Very much of the Nevermind mentality.  In fact, the reference to Cobain and Nirvana as representative of the not-quite-counterculture of disaffected youth in the '90's I found to be the most apt in this book.

Overall I would say "good read," and I would tell you that the 300+ pages went by pretty fast.  I do have to say though that there were times where I was frustrated by the repetitiveness of the action.  It pains me to say this because it is Wurtzel's story--and it was her depression, and I want to be sensitive to her experience.  And I do believe the turn-off is a product of 15 extra years history with depression in the media and Prozac in abundance, so I find myself more turned off to the pain than I felt a decade and a half ago.

But if I choose to look at this book as a piece of historical non-fiction in the modern world of depression that we can now treat phamacologically, it now becomes the textbook piece in a history class.  And if you know me well enough then you know I love nothing more than I love history.

So pick it up, read it, and digest it.  It's a piece of our world we can't go away, so we might as well begin to understand it.

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