Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America - Chapter 14, Think of Pretty Things Summary & Analysis

Elizabeth Wurtzel
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Chapter 14, Think of Pretty Things Summary and Analysis

The suicide attempt startles everyone, especially Wurtzel. Suddenly, she starts feeling like the Prozac is kicking in, although she still feels like her philosophical convictions — that life sucks — are still within her. She feels badly for borrowing money from her mother for going to London and creates a plan. She will make enough money to pay her mother back and then kill herself. She keeps telling herself that she is not scared and that she is ready to die.

She goes to see Dr. Sterling on a Sunday and tells her that she wants to kill herself. She describes the act in implicit detail and even has the perfect soundtrack for the event. Dr. Sterling responds by suggesting a real psychiatric lock-up. This is a step worse than Stillman, and Wurtzel cannot bear the idea of it. Instead of causing a scene, she asks Dr. Sterling if she can go to the bathroom. She races upstairs and outside to freedom, eventually locking herself in the bathroom. She starts to swallow the pills rapidly, not needing any water to get them down. Her thoughts calm down and slow. She curls up in the fetal position and decides that she will never leave this position.

Then she hears noises and realizes that Dr. Sterling is pounding on her bathroom door, demanding that she come out. Finally, Wurtzel unlocks the door and Dr. Sterling takes her directly to the emergency room. As soon as they arrive, she starts to throw up violently. As she recovers, they put a policeman outside her door since suicide is an illegal act. She is moved from the hospital to Stillman to recover. Suddenly, she has a manic lust for life. She is worried that her mother will find out about her suicide attempt.

Wurtzel also realizes that she has fallen in love with her depression and that it is the part of her character that makes her worthwhile. She starts to slowly feel better and better about her life and then one day, something changes in her. She wakes up safe in her own skin and looking forward to the day. It happens just like that. She just wants to live an in-between, normal life.

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