Thursday, January 29, 2015

Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel

Prozac Nation is a confessional memoir published in the late 90s by former Harvard and Yale student Elizabeth Wurtzel, a brave woman who has battled mental illness and addiction, a co-occurring disorder. In her book, Wurtzel accurately and painfully recalls her struggle with depression and drug addiction while at Harvard. I found her story appealing and resonating. Her description of major depressive disorder and her journey while being treated for it is one that has set the bar for many writers and publishers of memoirs. Ms. Wurtzel's tumultuous years of young adulthood are remarkably familiar to so many young adults today, stressing in her memoir that we all live in what has become a true Prozac Nation. 

I recommend this novel for my readers, and rate "Prozac Nation" 5/5 stars.