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Prozac Nation
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am 5. August 2002
Prozac Nation is a very good book which describes the state of depression (the state of Elizabeth Wurtzel's depression) that good that the reader is drawn into it and can sort of feel what she writes about. Anyway, I think only those knowing how it is to be depressed can truly enjoy this book, they will find themselves in it - if still depressed - and will remember their own feelings, if they made it through depression already. Through reading this book you will get a new point of view of your own depression as well as depression in general - it makes clear that depression is a real disease, perhaps even more serious and devastating than any physical diseases.
The book contains very detailed information, e.g. about medicaments like valium or mellanil and how they work in Wurtzel's body, or about her feelings.
Yet I found that book difficult and slow to read over some pages.
To put the whole matter into a nutshell: If you have to do ANYTHING with depression, whether you are depressed yourself or only want to know more about it - read that book, it is terrible true and honest, telling about a girl full of promise getting destroyed by depression.
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am 28. Juli 2000
I think I can top Elizabeth Wurtzel. I was on Prozac, and then Klonopin, all while being charged with the responsibility of potentially leading combat troops into Kosovo during Allied Force 1999. This book helped me a lot though, it made me feel a lot less alone and confused. Unlike Wurtzel though, I couldn't take a break, the nervous breakdowns took place in the line of duty, live rounds loaded.
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am 18. März 2002
An immaculate girl -"full of promise"- is drawn into the maelstrom of depression and leads a life not worth living, a life consisting of self-mutilation, psychological therapy, breakdowns, suicide attempts and hospitalizations. Elizabeth Wurtzel portrays her suffering through depression in a very cynical, yet incredibly genuine and almost brutally honest manner, which harbingers a great amount of empathy among those readers who have stood at the same calamitous abyss between life and death. Anyone who has experienced a gloomy, lachrymose disaster corresponding to the author's malediction of the "black wave" will love this book, but not for the reason of being entertained by an enjoyable movie-like plot glamorizing the disease. Instead, the story of Elizabeth Wurtzel is tremendously provocative due to the fact of not aiming to conceal the atrocious truth or eliciting factitious dismay and pity from the reader. Therefore, the book entails and nearly forces a lucid, but mellow revolution dealing with the self-perception of depressive people as they are challenged to immerse in discerning the truth in a raw, yet self-conscious way with the purpose to realize and to concretize their problems. Furthermore, the novel is equipped with references to other significant books, for instance "The bell jar", and a fabulous imaginative soundtrack containing the works of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and various further artists. If you've been wondering why Kurt Cobain meant what he did - what it feels like to be young, gifted, and black of spirit - this book is the CD, tape, video, and literary answer all in one. After all, reading this book helped at least me a whole lot; it changed my life and opened my eyes. I had never expected anyone would be able to write anything like this, I deeply adore Elizabeth Wurtzel for her courage as the result was for me much more than a plain book. Thank you.
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am 16. Juni 2006
Why doesn't anybody realize that what Elizabeth Wurtzel describes in her book, very accurately and honest to the bone, is not depression but the manifestation of a typical borderline personality disorder? I read this book - with its misleading title (it has nothing whatsoever to do with Prozac - and, as we learn from the intro, Prozac has done nothing whatsoever for Elizabeth Wurtzel) - when I was about 19, and I found myself in it, although I wouldn't have liked to admit that. About three years later I was diagnosed as a borderline. Reading on and on on the subject I think there is hardly any other book picturing the desperate and chaotic life of a borderline better. In fact, it is painful to read this book, painful as the onlooker, painful when identifying with the protagonist. And why did Elizabeth Wurtzel never correct her error of accepting a diagnosis like atypical depression?

If you want to read about depression, go read another book. If you want to get a glimpse of what it is like to live as an undiagnosed and un-helped borderline, then read this one!
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am 14. Juni 1999
Elizabeth Wurtzel does a decent job of conveying what depression is like. But the fact that she has been depressed does not make this an insightful book. One of the jobs of a writer is to take personal experience and make it transcend their own individual experience, to make it relevant and emphathetic to many people. Wurtzel, however, seems convinced that she is the only depressed person to walk the earth. Yes, that is how many depressed people feel, but if she means to summarize her experiences and give them literary merit, some reflection and perspective is necessary. Her self-absorbtion dominates this book. In addition, Wurtzel feels the need to constantly remind us that she went to Harvard, and exactly how many awards she has won for her writing. These assertions of her brilliance would seem a little more plausible if the book was at all well written. Instead, it reads as if Wurtzel spoke it into a tape recorder and had it transcribed. A little judicious editing might have made this into a readable book instead of a self-absorbed riff.
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am 25. Oktober 1999
My favorite classic would have to be The Bell Jar, written by Sylvia Plath. For some reason, morbid books interest me. It's so sad but i love knowing that my life looks good compared to the book. i came across prozac nation by accident, i was perusing the shelves at a book store. Little did i know how incredible it would be. Elizabeth Wurtzel takes you through her life and makes it seem like you are there with her. One warning though-if you have depressive tendencies do not read this. I am not depressed at all, but there would be so many things that she said that i have thought myself or that were so true. After finishing the book, i sort of got a little depressed. Regardless though, this book is a must read. Especially if you are between the ages of 18-25
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am 15. Juli 2000
I've been battling depression for as long as i can remember, althought it was not diagnosesd until 2 years ago. My friends and family have been very supportive of me, but i always felt like they just didnt get it-- they cannot understand what goes through my head, because they have never been in that position. Prozac Nation was such a comfort to me, because I felt like i had someone to relate to. Elizabeth Wurtzel is an inspiration. If she could survive all she has been through, I believe anyone can. This book is a must read for anyone suffering from depression as well as anyone close to someone who is depressed
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am 10. April 1999
i cant really fathom why on earth Wurtzel would want to write this book. unfortunately she is so irritating that you get bored of her really quickly; shes not some friend of mine in trouble, shes a bint who wrote a book which sold very nicely. we may all slit our arms but we dont write a memoir in the blood. i felt sorry for those who were close to her and felt helpless, they couldnt put down this book and go do something more interesting instead.
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am 24. Januar 2000
This book is better than Wurtzel's later _Bitch_ because it's more focused. The author can write, and write well, but she seems to be more effective when she has a specific story to tell, rather than ranging around through pop sociology and culture. She also has a tendency to drop names and brag about her misadventures when it isn't terribly germane to her story.
I did not find this account "whine-y." Wurtzel seems very honest and accurate about the hell of her mental turmoils. Having known a brilliant but unstable person or two myself, it wouldn't surprise me that Wurtzel may have experienced flashes of lucidity and searing honesty about her dilemmas and selfishness even at the time. Unfortunately, as engrossing a read as it makes, her experiences may be of doubtful clinical value since most depressed teenagers do not get into Harvard, cannot run away to Florida or London for a change of scene, or depend on wealthy friends to keep them in cocaine.
The title makes no sense to me. Prozac doesn't even make an appearance until deep in the story -- page 296 of a 351-page account -- and Wurtzel has very little to say about the drug itself. Her remarks about "prozac nation" surface only briefly in the epilogue. Her original title, "I Hate Myself And I Want to Die," would have been more appropriate.
Typographically, this book fares better than many another bestseller these days, although there seems to be a word missing from the sentence "The first order of business ... is finding a that will work" on page 296, and surely someone could have bothered to look up the proper spelling of Aleister Crowley (p. 270).
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In reading "Prozac Nation..." I had remembered the article that had pointed me towards it. It was a whole article describing depression and how some people battled it...and some got beaten into the ground by it. This has truly been the one book that has captured the essence of depression and the outcomes of its wake. At an early time, Wurtzel's work would have been compared to Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" with Edna Pontellier and the devestating, yet completely abstract, suicide at the end. Yet now, Wurtzel's work defines that the mass of people who are depressed are in this turmoil that is ruining their lives. With the after effects of prozac or any other antidepressant drug is the emptiness that envelopes Wurtzel in her memoir. The dizzying strength that which she explains every moment makes "Prozac Nation..." truly special because it doesn't just say how one feels, it shows it by nearly taking the reader on a rollercoaster of complete depression that just strikes true. Usually the reader would be of great enjoyment when they themselves had suffered or are suffering depression. The book brings great hope and a note of expression that brings anyone feelings of graditude that their lives are much more simple and have less pain than others. It shows that everyone is different, and while one can seem a bit crazy...they can't really be blamed for it, it is just natural. This book is a must read for those who feel that their life is not well adjusted and going to shambles. If someone ever does feel alone, this book is a great companion towards that life of rejuvination.
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