Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America Topics for Discussion

Elizabeth Wurtzel
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Before she receives Prozac, name some of the ways that Wurtzel self-medicates. Give examples of her medication through prescriptions as well as her own forms of self-medication.

Discuss how Wurtzel uses either men or different locations against her depression.

What role does her father play on her depression and mental illness?

What role does her parent's divorce play on her mental illness?

Why does Wurtzel have such a tough time with medical insurance? Discuss how she is in a type of mental illness limbo because she is desperate but not suicidal, and the impact that has on her insurance coverage and treatment options.

What type of depression is Wurtzel finally diagnosed with and what are its symptoms? Does this help her to explain her behavior over the years and if so, how?

Discuss Wurtzel's relationship with her mother, especially towards the end of the...

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