Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America Setting & Symbolism

Elizabeth Wurtzel
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Summer Camp

Where Wurtzel is sent every summer, although she feels this is an unjustifiable punishment since she is a gifted child that can easily entertain herself. She experiences her first overdose at summer camp, although she is so young at twelve that the counselors write it off as an accident. After the fifth year of summer camp, Wurtzel spends the last year in the director's office every day, threatening overdoses and other problems unless she is sent home.

Ultimately, Wurtzel blames her deterioration on summer camp. She feels that she was sent away for no reason.

Mellaril

The first drug that helps Wurtzel relax and lowers her highly emotional responses to everything. She will take this antipsychotic drug three times a day.

Harvard

Wurtzel attends Harvard and her depression and detrimental actions worsen. It is also at Harvard where she meets Dr. Sterling, who has a great...

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