Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America - Chapter 10, Blank Girl Summary & Analysis

Elizabeth Wurtzel
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Chapter 10, Blank Girl Summary and Analysis

Wurtzel is in the infirmary, reading a book and watching television. The U.S. Figure Skating Championship is on TV and she is captivated by Debi Thomas. Although she will later find out that these women suffer a similar fate of loneliness, she thinks that Thomas is a star and gets overly carried away in Thomas' joy of the moment of competing. She remembers crying over Robert Redford's performance in The Natural and her mother asking her if she is related to the character. However, in reality she is crying because she has gifts, but they are unspecific and she has no particular way to express this.

Dr. Sterling agrees that Wurtzel needs to continue her schoolwork while in the infirmary. However, she starts to become obsessed that Dr. Sterlin is going to leave her, too. She worries that she will never be able to find a solution to her depression and that the potential outcome is so disastrous that it would lead to her eventual suicide. Dr. Sterling diagnoses that Wurtzel's main symptoms are severe anxiety and agitation. In a way, Wurtzel is suffering from a type of meta-depression.

After taking a Xanax, Wurtzel is still at Stillman and clutches her pillow, convinced that she is going to be taken away by the men in white. It's not until Dr. Sterling points out that she's already at the place where the "men in white" would take her that she calms down. Wurtzel becomes self-reflective, realizing that she is wholly self-destructive and that other people like Rafe are not the reason why.

Some friends visit her while at Stillman, but after they are gone, she starts to cry and cannot stop. She cries and cries and cries until she finally calls Dr. Sterling and screams at her over her lack of clarity. Dr. Sterling won't prescribe a narcotic for Wurtzel, but gives her Mellaril instead, an antipsychotic. Only after a few minutes of Mellaril, her tears stop and all feelings subside. Dr. Sterling is so happy with the effect that Mellaril has on Wurtzel that she puts her on the drug three times a day. She is calm enough to do work and be productive, and when Rafe calls her to say that he won't meet up with her, she registers the words but they have a minimal effect on her.

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