Book Review: “Prozac Nation”

I meant to start book reviews again in January but none of the books I read were review material- until I re-read “Prozac Nation”.

The author, Elizabeth Wurtzel, died in late January. She was 52. This is one of the best mental health-related books I’ve ever read.

Prozac Nation cover

Who do I think this book is intended for?

Anyone who wants to try to get a deeper understanding of what it’s really like to live with mental illness.

What did I like about this book?

Her honesty.

What didn’t I like about this book?

Hard to tell. She was a great author.

Plot:

Tells the story of her mental illness starting at age 11 but gives background all the way back to toddlerhood.

Elizabeth’s view of her life and those around her as she grows and changes- she becomes aware of the effects if her mental illness. She describes her attempts to treat her diagnosis. She also attempts suicide.

The story ends with her being healthy and happier. Elizabeth was one of the first people to be prescribed Prozac after the FDA approved it.

Quote that I liked: “Sometimes I wish I could walk around with a “handle with care” sign stuck to my forehead.”

I understand this so much. It would be nice to have this kind of sign where people can see it.

If you want to read more book reviews:

Fall To Pieces

Fight Club