Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America - Chapter 9, Down Deep Summary & Analysis

Elizabeth Wurtzel
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Chapter 9, Down Deep Summary and Analysis

Wurtzel is finally released and her entire apartment feels depressive. It's the perfect site for a nervous breakdown, in direct contrast to her light and airy apartment in Texas. There are four of them in the house and they are convinced that something is wrong with the house because they all experience something bad to them.

The day after Halloween, Wurtzel wakes up to darkness and cannot get out of bed. She forces herself out of bed and calls her mother in the hopes of experiencing something normal. However, they get into a huge fight instead.

Wurtzel has been given the name and number of a boy who has had a similar family background that she had. She calls him out of the blue. They eventually begin dating. She quickly goes from dating to obsessing about him. Even when they are having sex, he is too far away for Wurtzel and she cannot be apart from him for even a moment. When he goes away to visit his parents and sister, she freaks out. She calls him at all hours of the day and night, even though he has told her to leave him alone. She knows that she is going crazy, but she cannot help it.

She travels to Texas in the hopes of distracting herself, but realizes it's not helping. She goes back to Cambridge and sees Dr. Sterling because she knows she needs a lot of help.

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