Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America - Chapter 3, Love Kills Summary & Analysis

Elizabeth Wurtzel
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Chapter 3, Love Kills Summary and Analysis

By the time Wurtzel is in the eighth grade, her parents have started fighting again just like they did before their divorce. They fight over her and what to do about her condition. Ironically, it makes Wurtzel's depression even worse.

Her father will not pay for her medical bills and her mother spends much of her time arguing with him that it is his responsibility to do it. Her mother will call her father and berate him for his virtual abandonment of Elizabeth and hang up on him, crying and wailing. It makes Wurtzel believe that she is more trouble than she's worth. She starts to wish she were a drug addict or junkie so that she could have a tangible thing that she needed to get rid of, rather than this nameless, directionless depression.

Her psychiatrist spends as much time counseling Wurtzel as he does keeping her parents at bay. Her mother determines Dr. Isaac is a guru, while her father reacts to Wurtzel's depression by reading all of her sad and dark poetry, enthralled by it. Suddenly, Wurtzel is interesting to her father. Her mother, meanwhile, mourns as she watches her daughter become more and more morbid and depressed.

Wurtzel is resentful that she was sent to camp for five years in a row, despite the fact that she truly hated it. She feels that she didn't deserve it and would have been an easy kid to leave with a babysitter or left alone, as she easily entertained herself. Instead, she spends day after day in the director's office, telling him that she will take a drug overdose or worse. The director gets used to these declarations and she gets nowhere with these threats. She realizes that she has an odd relationship with her mother. She never once longs for her mother, even during her darkest days at camp. They are in a distorted, dependent relationship that Wurtzel starts to first understand.

Wurtzel's father refuses to pay any of Dr. Isaac's bills, although insurance pays for almost all of it. What he doesn't realize is that by not paying the bills, it makes Wurtzel's life so much more complicated, chasing down insurance forms and hearing her mother complain about the money issues.

Wurtzel is sent to her aunt's house and spends time with her cousin Pamela. They hang out occasionally, but think they don't have much in common. Later, she'll find out that Pamela also had black-out depression episodes and they never talked about their common issue.

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