The book “Prozac Nation” is the young writer Elizabeth Wurtzel’s memoir of her depression. In the book Wurtzel describes her experience in the depths of a depressive illness, her own character failings and how she managed to live through particularly difficult periods while completing college and working as a writer.
The setting is several places in the USA and at one point in London in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. This is the period of her life when she is going from childhood to a teenager and then towards adolescence. She traces her depression back to when she was around 8 or 9. This was the time when her parents decided to split, and her father left them. Elizabeth is always being sent off to Summer Camp for months, which she really dreads. When she stays there after her parent’s separation, she takes her first overdose at just 9. This is her cry for help, but when nobody is there for her, she changes quite drastically. She isolates herself from the world and spends a lot of time sitting in the toilets at school cutting her legs. Her life go on with several unnoticed cries for help. Her mother and she then become strangers, and she is always sent off to different places, like her aunt and so on. Unfortunately away from home, things just get worse for Elizabeth. She starts to drink alot and take lots of drugs to try to make the pain go away. As well as to try to “fit in”. But this just makes things worse. Every year she is sinking further and further into her depression. We then follow her through several therapists and medications, until she finds peace after over ten years of depression, in the antidepressant Prozac.